Center for Employment Opportunities Welcomes Guests to New Bronx Location



New Site Address: 384 E. 149 Street, Suite 300, Bronx, New York 10455

BRONX, NY — Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) hosted an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at its new Bronx site with Assembly Member Marcos A. Crespo serving as the featured guest speaker. 

Since becoming an independent nonprofit organization in 1996, CEO has continued to build upon its successful program model for formerly incarcerated individuals seeking to reenter the workforce. One of the ways in which CEO’s model is unique is that every participant who completes a one-week job-readiness orientation may then participate in up to four days a week of transitional work crew and receive daily pay. In addition, CEO provides a variety of support services including job coaching and resume building. Once participants secure full-time positions, CEO continues working with them thereafter to ensure they have the support they need to grow in their careers.

In a short time, CEO has had a positive impact on those returning home from incarceration in the Bronx and surrounding communities. Since entering the borough, 552 individuals with criminal histories have completed CEO’s Pathway to Employment program. Of that group, 443 worked at CEO transitional job sites, generating $145,898.06 (to date) of taxable income. A recent study of our New York City participants showed that three years following enrollment CEO individuals were 19% less likely to be re-convicted or re-arrested for a felony.

The Bronx is one of 26 CEO sites across the nation.  

CEO NYS Executive Director Christopher Watler: “We could not be more excited to cut the ribbon on our new Bronx site! CEO’s work providing transitional employment, training and job placement for Bronx residents after incarceration is contributing to the success of the borough. Across the Bronx we are welcoming our neighbors back home and offering them access to job opportunities that serve as a pathway to a stable and productive future. This would not be possible without our partnerships with Bronx businesses, government agencies, elected officials and local community members.”  

NYS Assembly Member Marcos A. Crespo: “I was honored to join CEO in celebrating the launch of their new site in the Bronx. As chair of the Assembly’s Labor Committee, and as an advocate for criminal justice reform, I see full well why CEO’s mission driven programs create opportunities for those that need them most. I congratulate CEO and thank them for their efforts to strengthen families and communities each and every day across our borough and throughout the state.” 

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