Black Positive People : Lonnie Hunt: Now Hiring Felons

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    Ex-Offender Helps Build Careers by Giving Felons Work

    JULY 12, 2012 | 9:29 AM

    BY JOE WERTZ


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    JOE WERTZ / STATEIMPACT OKLAHOMA​

    Lonnie Hunt takes a break on a job site to place an employment ad for two additional workers. Hunt, an ex-felon who received construction training in prison, often hires other ex-offenders to help give their careers a start.

    Hiring former inmates isn’t a priority, or an option, for many Oklahoma business owners. But Lonnie Hunt says felons are often better workers than those who’ve never been behind bars.
    Hunt should know —
    He’s been to prison. And now he does the hiring....
    ...cont....http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma...er-helps-build-careers-by-giving-felons-work/
     
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    Hunt worked in construction trades most of his life, and his sun-weathered features serve as proof. He received a plumbing certification from a CareerTech Skills Center while he served time at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington.
    “I had a robbery charge, so, at that time I was incarcerated about four years,” he says.
    A local plumbing company gave Hunt a second chance when he was released from prison. In 2008, Hunt started his own business and started trying to repay the kindness. At Guaranteed Construction, felons are welcome — as long as they’re hard-workers.
    “The same thing applies with these other guys,” Hunt says. “When they get out, they have a problem finding jobs because of them being ex-offenders. So, we’re just, you know, passing it on.”
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    JOE WERTZ / STATEIMPACT OKLAHOMA​

    Breon Bellamy went to prison for robbery when he was 18. He was trained as an electrician behind bars, and now has a job working for Guaranteed Construction in Oklahoma City.

    WARDEN OF WORKERS

    Most of Hunt’s employees aren’t felons, but their appreciation for the job often means they’re more dedicated workers.
    “They know that, for one, they have all of these strikes against them when they get out,” Hunt says. “So when they finally get a job, they certainly want to hold on to it. Because they know it’s so hard to get in the first place.”

    http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma...er-helps-build-careers-by-giving-felons-work/
     
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    In the Spirit of Sankofa,




    ... Good brother here, thanks for posting.



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    In the Spirit of Sankofa,




    ...
    Real Help for Ex-offenders and Felons Looking for Jobs



    Peace In,
     
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    Thank you for sharing, Bro. Clyde.

    Yes, sometimes, classes are needed for some people....Some people need to know what resources are available to them.

    But, I'm a bit leery of this fella and his book and classes.

    I do hope it is legitimate help and not just a ploy to make some money.....Most out of work people, ex-felons or not, don't have money to buy a book or pay for a class.

    Plus, I wonder how much of his book can also be found out at any local Dept. of Labor. I do know that agency offers FREE CLASSES on "How To Dress for Interviews"..."RESUME WRITING"...and "INTERVIEWING QUESTIONS/ANSWERS." ---as well as listings of JOB OPENINGS and "BACK TO WORK" programs FOR EX-FELONS.

    I just hope that this fella is not trying to abuse and take advantage of a section of our People who already have enough strikes against them.
     
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    In the Spirit of Sankofa,




    ...:10500: Here's a link to his site:
    http://www.jailtojob.com/From Jail to a Job.html



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    Thanks for sharing....Again, it SOUNDS good but his site says "YOU CAN OWN A SOFT-COVER EDITION FOR $5."

    ....And it also says, "THIS BOOK IS NOT FOUND IN STORES."

    ....And when I clicked on the "BUY" button, the SOFT-COVER EDITION is $14.95 plus $3 for shipping.

    Now, just WHERE is that FIVE DOLLA soft-cover edition??

    Personally, I prefer Mr. Lonnie Hunt's method of BEING ABOUT IT instead of TALKIN' BOUT IT....IN A BOOK.

    But, if this BOOK does actually help an Black man out of jail/prison get a job, then it's still a good thing.....if they can AFFORD to buy the book.....and aint got NO JOB.



     
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    In the Spirit of Sankofa,




    ... And what's with the bow-tie, lol, nearly a tale tell sign.



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    In a world where the job force blatantly ignores felons...that's a beautiful thing.
     
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