Darkness covered the face of the earth…. and then God said “Let there be light.” I believe those who proclaim to be people of faith are that light, illuminating whenever and wherever we see darkness. Darkness surrounds the employment opportunities for a transgender person recently released from incarceration. In some cities up to seventy-five percent of transgender people are without full-time employment and sixty-five percent of male-to-female (MtF) transgender people have spent time in prison or jail, as well as twenty-nine percent of people who identify as female-to-male (FtM) —these rates are far above that of the general population. Recovering the Promise Ministries (RPM) is developing ways to illuminate God’s love into this darkness with the Transitioning to Employment program (TE). The program will assist the transgender person in securing and maintaining viable employment. TE testing will help identify strengths and skills each person has. The team will then provide help with preparing resumes, offer training in how to use the Internet and other media for job searches and offer training in successful job interviews. TE will also provide weekly group meetings to discuss the joys, issues or concerns that being transgender and employed may create. Let there be light!
Wallace, Lewis. “Transgendered Behind Bars,” October, 2007. In These Times. http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/3372/transgendered_behind_bars/.
. Lewis Wallace, “Transgendered Behind Bars,” October, 2007, In These Times, http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/3372/transgendered_behind_bars/.