At 52 years old and with an extensive criminal history, Michael Craig knew that finding a job when he got out of prison would be a challenge. When he heard that the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) helped formerly incarcerated individuals find full-time work, he committed himself taking full advantage of the program and getting his life back on track. After several interviews, he landed a janitor position with Lot Management and is now responsible for cleaning an entire building. His employer is very impressed with his work and he continues to do a great job.
The Stuart G. Moldaw Step-Up Award is an annual honor, named in memory of one of REDF’s founding board members. The award is given to employees of REDF-supported social enterprises for their tenacity and courage in overcoming significant barriers to employment – like people who have been homeless or in prison, young people who’ve dropped out of school or people with mental health disabilities.