The Washington County Work Ready Association (WCWRA), Washington County Economic Alliance (WCEA), and the City of Greenville are teaming up to offer a Wipeout Clinic in Washington County. The clinic will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Washington County Convention Center Greenville. Residents will need to bring their ID and resume, along with any additional information.
“Returning citizens have long been denied the opportunity to return safely to their families and communities,” said Errick Simmons, Mayor of Greenville. “It’s the ‘come-back’ position of this administration that it’s about the skills needed to do the job and not about the ills of the past. The City of Greenville strongly supports continued investment in reintegration programs that prioritize employment, housing, training and other formerly incarcerated services. Mississippians need a real second chance. These types of long-term investments will pay huge dividends for Mississippi cities in terms of increased public safety, stronger local businesses, and more resilient economies.
Eligible individuals will meet with a pro bono attorney at the expungement clinic who will assist them with the expungement or sealing process. Erasing or sealing criminal records is an effective way to improve employment, housing, and education opportunities for people who face barriers because of criminal records that may be erased or sealed.
“These records create barriers for deserving residents,” WCEA Executive Director Will Coppage said. “Career opportunities have been hindered for many people in our community who have been affected by justice. This clinic will provide a pathway for those seeking to remove these barriers and find employment or workforce training opportunities. »
All legal services for the 2022 Erasure Clinic will be provided free of charge through the WCWRA Innovation Training Grant and the City of Greenville Mayor’s Office. In addition, local employers will be present and ready to interview eligible individuals.
To learn more about the 2022 radiation clinic, contact Nikki Landrum at 662-378-1501 or Angelica Motton at 662-378-3141. Additionally, to learn more about the Innovation Training Grant, please contact Angelica Motton or visit the JOBS tab on www.wceams.com.
The WCWRA Innovation Training Grant is now in its second year of implementation and has served 81 Washington County residents. This program is made possible through a community partnership with Rural LISC. Individuals who participate in this program receive scholarships to take the ACT WorkKeys assessment in order to participate in workforce training programs at the Capps Center (the workforce training division of Mississippi Delta Community College) in order to acquire the skills, training and certifications demanded by the labor market. Participants also have access to the Mississippi Re-Entry Guide, which is developed by the Foundation for the Mid-South and is designed to connect people to resources and services from national, state and local agencies. Candidates for this program receive training in financial literacy, provided by Regions Bank, where skills such as budgeting, long-term savings and credit orientation have helped program participants develop strong financial decision-making skills that will further their careers and lead to fulfilling, satisfying lives for themselves and their families. Participants in this program also receive an information session, offered by the Greater Greenville Housing and Revitalization Association, Inc., where they learn about opportunities to access safe, decent, and affordable housing in the Washington County community.