Career Resources, Inc. (CRI) takes a multifaceted approach to helping end joblessness for Connecticut residents. CRI empowers adults and youth with the learning opportunities and skills necessary for personal development, career advancement and economic independence.
Founded in 1995 as an offshoot of the Workforce Investment Board, CRI was created to increase the quality of direct services provided to those most in need. On this front CRI has proven unique in the field of workforce development, going beyond job placement to also include basic education programs that support client’s attitudinal readiness. Further, the organization is Connecticut’s only workforce development-focused nonprofit offering both non-residential programming for the general public as well as residential reentry work release programs.
CRI administers several programs that address varied employment challenges in the state.
STRIVE Connecticut - a three-week nationally recognized training program helps individuals become more employable by focusing on personal responsibility, attitude, and soft skills development.
American Job Centers - provide employment related services to job seekers and employers in Stamford, Bridgeport, and Derby in partnership with The WorkPlace, Inc. and the State of Connecticut Department of Labor.
STRIVE Youth - provides STRIVE training geared towards youth aged 14 and older.
Youth Career Advancement - free, eight-week professional development training that improves college readiness in 16- to 24-year-olds in the Greater Bridgeport area.
Everyone Works - individualized counseling, job search assistance and adaptive technology for anyone 18 or older with disabilities.
CRI’s workforce development standing in the field of re-entry is unparalleled. Programs for justice-involved citizens with employability and other career-related challenges include: Platform 2 Employment, Entry Point Staffing, and the New Haven Reentry Program, as well as GED programs and individualized ESL lessons.
SVP is in its third year working with Career Resources. Currently three SVP Partners are CRI board members. Year to date, the SVP team has been assisting CRI in several areas including:
updating CRI's strategic plan
positioning the company for success in new growth initiatives
establishing performance metrics
improving CRI's marketing
analyzing CRI's organizational capacity