About Us

About Us

Employment Connection

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 to self-sufficiency."


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

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 Clients Include:

  • Homeless Veterans
  • Ex-Offenders
  • TANF and Food Stamp Recipients
  • High School Dropouts
  • Legal Immigrants
  • Non-Custodial Fathers
  • Adults with Literacy Deficiencies
  • Women on Welfare
Agency Statistics:
  • Annually, Employment Connection assists an average of 1,500 people with training, job placement, and supportive services.
  • Every year, our Housing Case Managers assist 120 homeless veterans and homeless disabled individuals and their families into affordable housing.
  • At an average wage of nearly $9/hour, clients collectively contribute more than $10,000,000 each year to the regional economy.
  • 92% of Employment Connection dollars are spent on client programming.