There’s some pretty big things going on at Exoffenders, and I’d like to share some of it with you. To start off, in the little free time I have had, I’ve been working on upgrading the site. The idea was to make it a lot more usable, streamlined, and helpful. Some things in it’s current form are not as accessible as I would like them to be. Most of the changes I’ve been working on are now finished, and it’s almost ready to launch. Exoffenders 2.0, which is what Kay calls it, will launch over the weekend. In this time the site may be down for a few hours, so I will be doing it very late at night. Hopefully it won’t affect many users. All of the helpful content will remain, but it will be a lot easier to access. Also, a lot of updates and additional resources will be added as well.
EDIT on 7/19/2014: There were some problems during bringing 2.0 online which broke the website. They’re currently being worked on and all the bugs are being ironed out. Hopefully it will be up and ready to go by the end of the weekend. Sorry for the delay.
One of the main features Exoffenders 2.0 will offer is a local-based job hunting feature. This will be offered entirely free, anyone can use it, and should greatly increase any exoffenders chance of finding employment. You’ll be able to find local job possibilities, as well as have new ones emailed to you if you’d like. This feature is about 70% complete, and unfortunately will not be included at the start of Exoffenders 2.0. In the coming weeks they will be added as parts of it are ready to be added. I’m very excited about this, as it is something I’ve always wanted to include on here, but never had the ability to make it work. I’m glad that has changed.
In the works as well is a project aimed at changing the laws and policies affecting exoffenders. This project can really make a difference in creating change across the country. Right now I cannot reveal a lot about this project for a few different reasons. I can say that it will be aimed at employment, social services, and living opportunities for those with a criminal record. It has a great group of people on board from around the country. It also has all the funding it needs, which is great. Currently, we are looking for ex-offenders that are in a 3 hour radius of Cincinnati, OH that may be interested in helping with this.
Some of the larger cities in this area are:
Fort Wayne, IN
If you live in these areas and would like to possibly be part of this project, please use the contact us section and let us know. There will be a section of Exoffenders 2.0 that is dedicated to this project. There you will be able to see updates about it and more details when we can reveal them.
The job skill training section on this site is on hold for now so that myself and others can focus on the national project. If you were following these tutorials, please use the contact us section and let us know. I will personally coach you through everything that wasn’t covered in the classes if you were following them.
Last but not least, I’ve had in the About Me section since Exoffenders started that I wanted to create a non-profit which helps convicted felons. It looks like that is actually a possibility now, and the feeling is just great. It’s been an idea for so long, a goal that I wasn’t sure could be pulled off. Being able to finally work on this is just amazing. I will post an update once the organization is formed to keep everyone informed on the status of this.
To finish, I just want to thank everyone for their support of this website and all of the projects going on. Without you, it wouldn’t be possible.