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 be the premier placement, retention, career development and advancement program for persons with barriers to employment, empowering them to take charge of their lives and fulfill the needs of the Saint Louis Regional business community.

Our Clients Include:

  • Homeless Veterans
  • Ex-Offenders
  • TANF and Food Stamp Recipients
  • High School Dropouts
  • Legal Immigrants
  • Adjudicated Youth
  • Non-Custodial Fathers
  • Adults with Literacy Deficiencies
  • Women on Welfare
Agency Statistics:
  • In 2011, Employment Connection assisted more than 1,300 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 $9/hour, clients collectively contribute more than $8,000,000 each year to the regional economy.
  • 92% of Employment Connection dollars are spent on client programming.