Employment network helps convicted felons determine a past and pierce forward

Elaine Austin spent a year in prison. It nude her of her temperament and self-worth, though mostly, she said, it forced her to start over. She chose a U-Turns Permitted module during a North Lawndale Employment Network.

“It was adult to me to change my life around,” pronounced Austin, 60, of Chicago, who was convicted in 2002 of swindling to import and trade drugs into a U.S. “U-Turns Permitted module gave me behind me, and that’s how we took my name back.”

Austin is now employed as a box manager for a eremite nonprofit operative with a Chicago Housing Authority.

The U-Turns Permitted module is one of many internal nonprofits that accept financial support by Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation fund.

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