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Training program helps formerly incarcerated people find work—and “a purpose in life.”

When LaShawna Bennett of Philadelphia is called in to speak to her manager at ShopRite, she inevitably ends up in tears—of joy and gratitude for the support, encouragement, and promotions she receives.Jane M. Von Bergen, “Lessons Learned: Hiring Ex-Offenders Pays Off, But the Workers Need Help,” The Inquirer, November 27, 2017.  “I’m in there bawling my eyes out,” she says. Formerly incarcerated, Bennett started as a cashier and is on track to become an assistant night manager, thanks to a program called UpLift Solutions that trains reentering citizens for the job market and supports them in their jobs. “My customers rely on me,” Bennett says. “It’s like I have a purpose in life.”Jane M. Von Bergen, “Lessons Learned: Hiring Ex-Offenders Pays Off, But the Workers Need Help,” The Inquirer, November 27, 2017.