Your son should be proud that he has the kind of family who is strong enough to exhibit the type of tough love that he needs. Many of the felons and ex-offenders I deal with do not have that type of support.
In relation to his convictions, five counts of grand theft is not the worst case I've had to deal with. He probably will not have a chance at jobs that any kind of valuables will be at risk. I suggest he try getting a job through a temporary agency. Temporary agencies are a great way to quickly get back into the working world. Many employers use agencies to try out new employees before hiring them. Good workers are hard to find. If an employer sees that he is hard working, punctual and fit in well, he may offer the job permanently. Some other advantages to using a temporary employment service:
He can make new contacts.
Build a work history.
Earn a wage until you can find permanent employment.
He probably will have better success looking for small independent agencies that have fewer hiring restrictions than larger national companies and are free to hire anyone they choose. He will be able to get a list of these agencies in your local phone directory.
He can also go to your local One-Stop Career Center. Each state has a network of centers that offer a variety of free services that can get him ready for work and assist him in finding employment. In addition, these centers offer training programs that may prepare him for a career.
Some services available are:
Career planning and counseling (often counselors have experience in assisting ex-offenders and felons)
Resume Writing, Interviewing Skills
Computers with internet access and word processing
Daily access to thousands of job listings Job postings and referrals Printers, fax machines, phones, and copiers for job search use
You can your nearest One-Stop Career Center on the web at www.servicelocator.org I hope this helps.