ABOUT US

OUR

STORY

Employment Connection was founded in 1977 after a study by the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis (BAMSL) discovered that employed ex-offenders were 66% less likely to return to incarceration.  Our agency immediately began work to reduce recidivism.

In 1980, Employment Connection became a full United Way member agency and expanded its service beyond ex-offenders by assisting recovering substance abusers, the homeless, high school dropouts, women on welfare, U.S. veterans, and non-custodial fathers. 

 

Today Employment Connection assists nearly 2,000 individuals who have barriers to employment every year. 

Our

Mission

Assisting individuals with limited opportunities

to self-sufficiency.

Core

Values

Employment Connection shall maintain a fundamental commitment to exceptional client service in our community. To accomplish that commitment, we believe we are a part of a team that is mutually shared by ALL.

 

We welcome everyone regardless of race, color, age, religion, sex, familial status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation (real or perceived),national origin or ancestry.

 

We shall provide an environment that encourages the personal growth of both staff and clients and a system that will empower them to meet the employment needs of the people of our community.

 

We are committed to developing and maximizing resources required to meet our mission.

OUR VISION IS To break down barriers to self-sufficiency, creating a safer and more inclusive community

How We Help

JOB TRAINING

Annually, Employment Connection assists over 1,500 people with training, job placement, and supportive services.

HOMELESS ASSISTANCE

Every year, our Housing Case Managers assist 120 homeless individuals and their families into affordable housing.

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT

We have helped over 4,000 individuals gain employment for 2012-2019

COMMUNITY ASSET

92% of Employment Connection dollars are spent on client programming.

who WE HELP

  • Homeless Individuals

  • Veterans

  • Ex-Offenders

  • TANF and Food Stamp Recipients

  • High School Dropouts

  • Legal Immigrants

  • Non-Custodial Fathers

  • Adults with Literacy Deficiencies

  • Women on Welfare

OUR TEAM

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Sal Martinez

Chief Executive Officer

David Kessel Executive Vice President an

David Kessel

Executive VP & COO

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Nora Davis

Director of Finance

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Ravi Rao

Director of Development

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Karla Humphrey

Manager of

Career Services

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Michael McCoy

Co-Manager of MWSstl, TTW, Career Services

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Lisa Shelton

Co-Manager of MWSstl, Ticket To Work

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Christina Brewington

Co-Manager of Client and Housing Services

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Andrea Lewis

Co-Manager of Housing and Client Services

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Darron Collins-Bey

Manager of 

CDBG-Section 3

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Sara Brown

Manager of WIOA

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Charles Hatley

Cure Violence Wells/Goodfellow and Hamilton Heights

Site Manager

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Christopher Jones

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Site Manager

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS

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Steven M. Fiamingo

President

Richard E. Buckley

Vice President

Al Sears

Treasurer

Elicia Eskew

Secretary

Brenda Mahr

Past CEO

DIRECTORS

Christopher Forbringer


Trudi M Foushee

 

Kem Mosley

Brian Davies

Tyler Olsen

Melva Pete

Lisa Shelley

 

OUR ADVISORY COUNCIL:

  • Archs

  • Basic

  • Catholic Charities Housing Resource Center

  • Center for Life Solutions

  • Center for Women in Transition

  • Christian Friends for New Americans

  • Criminal Justice Ministry

  • Division of Workforce Development

  • Family Support Network

  • Father's Support Center

  • Gateway Free and Clean

  • Gateway Homeless Services

  • Gateway Parents Support Group Healthline

  • Hope House

  • Humanitri

  • Justine Peterson

  • Loaves and Fishes

  • The Moorish Science Temple of America, Inc.

  • Neighborhood Outreach Center

  • New Beginnings

  • Oasis International Ministires

  • Offender Workforce Development

  • Our Lady's Inn

  • Preferred Family Healthcare

  • Project Cope

  • Providence Inn

  • Queen of Peace

  • Raven

  • Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center

  • Soaring Spirit Ministries

  • St. Louis Community Release Center

  • Timothy Eveangelical Lutheran Church

  • United States Probation and Parole

  • Urban League

  • Wesley House

  • Women's Safe House

  • Youth Empowerment Services

  • YWCA

OUR DOCUMENTS

We are proud to have earned the 2021 Guidestar Platinum SEal of Transparency 

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