My husband just relocated here to Atlanta to be with his family. He is a convicted felon. It has been hard for him to find a job for many reasons. For one, I work two jobs to support us and he stays home with our two youngest children (we have 5) during the day. Secondly, we do not know a lot of people here in Atlanta,GA to network with. And of course....its hard to get a job period, add a felony to it and it is even harder!
We are searching for possible job search programs that will help us get childcare and help him be able to look for employment. I am on waiting list for assistance for childcare but I have been waiting for months. We can not afford childcare without him working. It is only by Gods grace that we have made it this far. Any advice or suggestions would be great!!!!
I'm sorry your husband is having so much trouble. First let me suggest that he try The One-stop Career Center in Atlanta. There he will find a variety of services that can not only help him find a job but perhaps training for a new career. These centers are underutilized resources for ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs. Among the resources you will find are current lists of job openings in your area.
You can find the center in Atlanta here:
Georgia Department of Labor
148 Andrew Young International Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30303
Another great resource for ex-offenders and felons is Goodwill of North Georgia. Good operates a computerized training center that provides career alternatives for unemployed and underemployed people. Your husband can get specialized training to be certified in the following trades:
Apartment Maintenance Technician
Floor Technician/Custodial Certification
Hospitality Opportunity Program
Women in Non-Traditional Occupations
Here is the great part, after completion, the center provides job placement and retention services. This center also has its own staffing service that places not only those with trade certifications, but others looking for jobs. You can get more information here:
Goodwill of North Georgia Training Centers
I hope this helps.