Ready4Work-Hillsborough Become a Client Become a Business Partner Ready4Work-Hillsborough

Hiring an ex-offender, for many employers, is often seen as a risk and we at Abe Brown Ministries understand an employer’s reluctance and perspective.


Nationally, nearly 70 percent of offenders released from incarceration will re-enter the prison system within three years. However, Ready4Work has continued to have recidivism rates dramatically less than local, state, and national rates. Recidivism is often related to an ex-offender’s ability to access employment within the community. Abe Brown Ministries is an official Ready4Work provider, a program that addresses the problems, concerns and expectations surrounding employing ex-offenders.

Clients in the Ready4Work program are non-violent/non-sexual ex-offenders, thoroughly vetted, and continually screened for illegal drug use. Also, they engage in a 4-6 week Career Development Training course, preparing them for interviews and providing them with a workforce skill set. Additionally, Ready4Work follows each client for one year, providing them with a case manager, job coach and often a life coach for their continued support.

Since 2003, Ready4Work has partnered with more than 300 businesses in Jacksonville and the surrounding area, and has successfully placed in the workforce more than 1,500 ex-offenders. Ready4Work-Hillsborough (R4W-H) is a replication of Operation New Hope’s nationally acclaimed Ready4Work program operating in the City of Tampa (Hillsborough County) by Abe Brown Ministries, Inc. since September 2014. Since replication, Ready4Work-Hillsborough has partnered with more than 190 businesses in Tampa and the surrounding areas and has successfully placed more than 300 ex-offenders in the workforce. The success of the program is measured not only by the number of individuals placed with employers, but with their retention with employers and the feedback we receive. The program has a near 70 percent retention rate within the first year of a client’s employment, far exceeding standard retention rates. Employers often report experiences with participants as positive, citing their high-motivation and excellent training.

Ready4Work has placed participants within the following industries:

  • Collections
  • Construction
  • Customer Service
  • Health Services
  • Hospitality
  • Landscape & Grounds Keeping
  • Logistics
  • Maintenance & Janitorial
  • Office & Clerical
  • Warehousing & Distribution

Ready4Work’s industry portfolio continues to expand and we are highly committed to satisfying requests of our business partners, as well as providing accountability to and for our participants. Job coaches will conduct site visits for the first year and are available at any time. Business partners are provided with Free Federal Bonding and are eligible for up to $9,600 in Work Opportunity Tax Credit, per employee over two years. 

Click here to read more about what other businesses are saying about their successful partnerships with Ready4Work-Hillsborough.

Click here to read the full Ready4Work-Hillsborough article featured in the April 21, 2017 edition of the Tampa Bay Business Journal.


If you are interested in becoming a Business Partner with Ready4Work offered through Abe Brown Ministries, please call 813.247.3285 or contact us here.