Illinois Department of Employment Security
The Re-entry Employment Service Program (RESP) serves Illinoisans who are currently, or have in the past been, subject to any stage of the criminal justice process and who require assistance in overcoming barriers to employment resulting from a record of arrest or conviction. 1307 North Mattis Avenue, Champaign, Illinois, 61821 Contact: (800) 244-5631 https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/pages/re-entry_employment_service_program.aspx
Through funding from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Local Workforce Innovation Board #17, workers who have been laid off (or notified that a layoff is coming) and those in need of retraining receive free services that direct them to careers in healthcare, manufacturing, and tractor trailer driving. Many dislocated workers receive short-term training that allows them to quickly reenter the workforce.
The Salvation Army
For those stuck in chronic unemployment, The Salvation Army is a refuge of resources and support. We combat the symptoms of prolonged joblessness, as well as its root causes, through programs that address the mind, body, and soul. It's a holistic approach that is creating sustainable change for millions of families and individuals every year.