Employment Connection

A nonprofit organization

Employment Connection is a nonprofit St. Louis community asset that breaks down barriers to self-sufficiency for individuals with limited opportunities. The organization was founded in 1977 after a study by the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis (BAMSL) discovered that employed ex-offenders were 66% less likely to return to incarceration. Our agency immediately began work to reduce recidivism in the community.

In 1980, Employment Connection became a full United Way of Greater St. Louis member agency. Since then, we have expanded our services beyond ex-offenders to assist homeless and low-income individuals and families, at-risk youth, U.S. veterans, new Americans, individuals with untreated and undiagnosed mental health disorders, and non-custodial fathers. Today Employment Connection assists 1,500 individuals with significant barriers to employment every year.

Offering more than just a job, Employment Connection provides valuable resources, training, and support to inspire and empower clients to change their circumstances, become employed, and attain self-sufficiency.


Assisting Individuals with Limited Opportunities to Self-Sufficiency.

Our clients include unhoused people, veterans, people with limited education, single parents, unemployed people, at-risk youth, justice-involved people, and other disadvantaged people facing barriers to improving their lives. Offering more than just jobs, Employment Connection provides the support services, relationships, accountability, and emotional support that is proven to help our clients overcome barriers and achieve self-sufficiency.

Organization Data


Organization name

Employment Connection

Tax id (EIN)



Social Justice, Public Safety, Mental/Behavioral Health, Housing, Shelter, Homelessness, Food Insecurity/Access, Hunger, Nutrition, Family Services/Child Welfare, Employment & Workforce Development, Education, Economic/Financial Security, Domestic Violence/Family Violence & Advocacy, Community Improvement/Economic Development

Operating Budget

Medium: $1,000,001 - $2,000,000

Service Area

St Louis City

Audiences Served

BILPOC, Teens, Children, Youth, Families, Men, Women, Veterans, Older Adults, LGBTQIA+, Justice-Involved Individuals, People with Disabilities, General Public

BILPOC Leadership

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