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.
Assisting individuals with limited opportunities
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
Annually, Employment Connection assists over 1,500 people with training, job placement, and supportive services.
Every year, our Housing Case Managers assist 120 homeless individuals and their families into affordable housing.
We have helped over 4,000 individuals gain employment for 2012-2019
92% of Employment Connection dollars are spent on client programming.
who WE HELP
TANF and Food Stamp Recipients
High School Dropouts
Adults with Literacy Deficiencies
Women on Welfare
Chief Executive Officer
Executive VP & COO
Director of Finance
Co-Manager of MWSstl, TTW, Career Services
Co-Manager of MWSstl, Ticket To Work
Co-Manager of Client and Housing Services
Co-Manager of Housing and Client Services
Manager of WIOA
Umama "Umi" Khenissi
Section 3 Program
Cure Violence Wells/Goodfellow and Hamilton Heights
Christopher "El" Jones
Cure Violence Dutchtown
Dutchtown Opportunity Coalition for Youth
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Steven M. Fiamingo
Richard E. Buckley
Trudi M Foushee
OUR ADVISORY COUNCIL:
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
Loaves and Fishes
The Moorish Science Temple of America, Inc.
Neighborhood Outreach Center
Oasis International Ministires
Offender Workforce Development
Our Lady's Inn
Preferred Family Healthcare
Queen of Peace
Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center
Soaring Spirit Ministries
St. Louis Community Release Center
Timothy Eveangelical Lutheran Church
United States Probation and Parole
Women's Safe House
Youth Empowerment Services
We are proud to have earned the 2021 Guidestar Platinum SEal of Transparency