Pathways – Online
A job isn’t the answer. But it also isn’t not the answer. The way we see it, employment is a good measure of how stable other things are for former offenders — like housing, transportation, health, and relationships. But it also helps to makes those things stable. In other words, k(no)w employment, k(no)w stability.
Our program is organized in the same way. We assist people who have a criminal background with whatever is getting in the way of a liveable wage job for them — until they have one.
After spending so much of my life behind bars, I truly appreciate what I’m learning from Chattanooga Endeavors. But it’s not just the mechanics of how to get and keep a job. The experience has helped me to catch up with all that has changed while I was gone.Demetrice Baker
The core elements of our training were developed with a series of federal grants that were aimed at trying to figure out what helps and what doesn’t help people during the transition from prison to the community. The training was long — 150 hours over five weeks with homework. And it was intended to be provided in person. Not anymore.
As a result of our COVID-19 response and a state grant through the TN Community CARES program, we have been able to redesign our training to be completely online. And, in the process, we have condensed it to a lean 40 hours over three weeks. That means that the only barrier, aside from technology, to participating in Pathways is your choice to do so. And that means that we can help more people faster than ever before. Which is good news for everyone involved.
The first step is to enroll online. You’ll receive instructions in a confirmation email explaining what to do next.
Our program is completely online and scheduled early in the morning so it won’t get in the way of your other obligations. And, although it’s tree weeks long, it begins every Monday — so you don’t have to wait long to start.
Our regular schedule is Monday thru Saturday, 8:00 AM – 9:45 AM for three consecutive weeks
But before you start you must attend an orientation — which we hold every Friday at 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.
Chattanooga Endeavors may be the only place in Hamilton County where having a clean record disqualifies you — except if you have been invited to participate to support someone who has already registered.
Former offenders must be able to answer yes to the following questions to register for Pathways:
- Were you released from prison or sentenced to supervision on a felony conviction less than 12 months ago?
- Are you residing in Hamilton or a surrounding county?
- Are you able to work and presently seeking employment?
- Do you have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection?
Chattanooga Endeavors does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
If you can answer yes to three of our four eligibility questions and want to participate, please contact us. We have discretion in many situations to wave these requirements.