Opportunity for New Directions Program

Getting a job can be difficult, but having a criminal record can make the process even harder. The Opportunity for New Directions program provides ex-offenders (those with a criminal background record or history) the chance to create changes in their life to help them become productive individuals in the workplace and at home. The program is offered every three weeks.


  • Must be an ex-offender (a criminal background record offense, either felony or misdemeanor)
  • Having trouble getting a job
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must meet income guidelines in certain situations
  • Must undergo an intake process including a needs assessment and background check

Program Features:

The program focuses on the professional and personal development of an ex-offender. While participating in the Opportunities for New Directions program, they will:

  • Learn computer skills
  • How to write and build a resume
  • How to interview for a job
  • How to solve problems
  • How to communicate effectively in the workplace and at home
  • Learn specific trade skills, if applicable

Available resources with other organizations:

  • Alcohol and drug assessment
  • Mental heath services
  • Access with local and state court systems
  • Department of Job and Family Services programs
  • Access to all correctional facilities and local parole boards

For additional information, contact:

Bobby Mims, 937.322.2522