Purpose Works

A workforce initiative for Harvest House clients


Workforce Initiative

Purpose Works addresses the needs of our clients and reputable local companies. It connects Harvest House clients in need of meaningful employment with local employers who are interested in creating a more inclusive hiring process.

Purpose Works identifies clients who have barriers to employment such as a criminal record and a history of substance abuse but are making significant progress in their recovery. Purpose Works partners with employers that need a skilled labor workforce and have a desire to enrich the lives of individuals who have paid their debt to society and are working towards living a sustainable, drug and alcohol-free life.

Not only do our clients benefit, but employers looking to expand their hiring practices will realize great gains by becoming second-chance employers. 

Our goal is to prove to local businesses that becoming a second-chance employer is a smart, sustainable business model. This is in line with many corporate social responsibility strategies to maximize impact and profit simultaneously.


 Each Purpose Works Employee Participant Will: 

  • Be drug and alcohol free
  • Have a history of incarceration and/or substance abuse that was creating a barrier for employment opportunities
  • Have demonstrated with their case manager a desire to improve their life through meaningful employment
  • Agree to the terms & conditions of the program

Each Purpose Works Employer Participant Will: 

  • Create a more inclusive hiring process such as not considering criminal history as an automatic disqualifier in the hiring process
  • Compensate clients a fair wage with benefits
  • Communicate with Harvest House regularly about the status or needs of an individual employee, providing both positive and constructive feedback
  • Inform Harvest House of new work opportunities and other potential partner employers
  • Agree to the terms & conditions of the program

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