Professional Development Services, Inc., in Sikeston, Missouri, is a nonprofit organization that specializes in job training for ex-felons recently released from prison. We teach essential employment skills that the average person takes for granted. We also help individuals build new value systems, so they can integrate back into the community.
Our organization is singular since we grew out of a pilot program. In 2011, we performed a 10-week strategic study in a small community to discover what type of support ex-felons need when re-entering the working world. Due to a lack of important skill sets, it became clear that recently incarcerated people had more trouble finding work than the average job seeker.
Dedicated to the success of ex-felons since 2013, Professional Development Services, Inc., is an approved Access to Recovery (ATR) program that helps people find a steady income through meaningful work. Our services also help reduce state taxes, since fees for incarcerating one person are more than $26,000 annually.
You have the capacity to change; you just need a chance.
Our mistakes do not define who we are. People can change what they do, if they change how they do it.