The Regional Black Contractors Association is an advocate of “Helping the Community, Help Itself.” In other words, WE must help those in need first, in order for them to help themselves.
One of the many ways that we help the community is by hiring formerly incarcerated individuals and assist with their employment efforts through our large contractor base. We rely on our community partners such as T.D. Jakes’ and the T.O.R.I. (Texas Offender Reentry Initiative) program, and First Steps Community Outreach.
We work with these programs to find vetted talent, refer them to our partners in the construction industry, and monitor their progress as they perform with the company.
We have several success stories, but just to name a few:
- The State Fair of Texas which employs a formerly incarcerated male who was hired in a full time, permanent Painter position which included benefits for himself and his family.
- Webber Construction, the General Contractor building a new freeway for TXDOT has also adopted this new culture of hiring ex-offenders.
- Coverall Management, a Demolition and Abatement company has hired several ex-offenders on various projects at the Inland Port, the Southwest Center Mall re-development, and Union Railroad.
A common misconception is that all the jobs recruited for are labor positions. However, the construction industry has a plethora of job opportunities ranging from not only construction laborer roles, but administrative, janitorial, IT, and the list goes on.
Our goal as an organization is to employ formerly incarcerated individuals and help them obtain an acceptable paying job. By doing this, we help decrease crime, unemployment rates, and recidivism in the community. We increase the tax base and economic development, while helping to add value into the homes of the lives that were once negatively affected.