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Maurice Stevens, CDPS President, Brings Post-Incarceration Training Opportunities to Summit County

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by Erin Siegferth

New Opportunities in Greater Akron

Maurice Stevens is the Founder and President of the Career Consulting Group, LLC (CCG), and Principal with Career Development and Placement Strategies, Inc, (CDPS). CDPS provides training to those who have recently been released from prison or who are on probation to help them transition smoothly back into the community.

CDPS recently opened a new location in Akron, initiating a relationship with Summit County that mirrors their existing relationship with Cuyahoga County. CDPS currently partners with organizations like land banks, the YMCA, and the Healthy Fathering Collaborative of Greater Cleveland to provide workforce development and training opportunities.

The process began in 2018, when Stevens began collaborating with Jason Dodson, Christine Marshall, Sam DeShazior, and Bob Lanier, Cazzell Smith, and Councilman David Hamilton, who Stevens says were strong advocates for CDPS's new presence in Summit County.

So far, Stevens is pleased with his choice to open a new location in Greater Akron. He notes that the administration in the region is “persistent about making Akron a better place to live.”

What It’s All For

Stevens has always had a passion for engaging people and has a long professional history in training, including work around the United States with a prominent workforce development publishing company. He sees the people who could benefit from assistance, then commits himself to helping them stand on their own.

“The real key is the transformation in the people,” Stevens says.

He recalls one father who, while incarcerated for bank robbery, lost his wife to murder. After he was released from prison, he was passionate about one thing: being a supportive father to his children.

With help from CDPS and the Fatherhood Initiative of Cleveland and the Healthy Fathering Collaborative, the man had great success in the Home Renovation Internship Program. He was later featured in the documentary Fatherhood 101 alongside celebrity fathers like Alan Thicke, Lee Daniels, and Emilio Rivera.

Skills for Life

CDPS provides a four-week job readiness training program with their sister company, Expert Reclaim. After the program, participants are ready for full-time construction and rehabilitation work. Some participants go on to work for Expert Reclaim, working on properties owned by the land bank or the banks in Summit County.

With Expert Reclaim, workers receive training in vacant property management, home rehabilitation, and vacant prop cleanouts. They work alongside professional subcontractors to hone and build upon their newly acquired skills.

Participants are exposed to a wide variety of trades, but have the opportunity for certification in more specialized areas, like drywall hanging, door installation, and floor laying.

“The idea is to slowly create employment opportunities for Akron citizens,” Stevens says. “We’re looking to build strong relationships with the banks in the community, along with the work we’re doing with the land bank, to create jobs for folks in Summit County.”

Maurice Stevens as a Community Member

Maurice has lived in Stow for twenty years. He has loved watching his kids—and grandkids—grow up in this community. He recently accompanied his granddaughter to the Akron Children’s Museum.

Though Maurice says he and his wife are “homebodies,” they do enjoy the Akron Library and exploring all the restaurants Greater Akron has to offer.

Maurice has some advice for someone looking to make a difference: “Have a passion for what you’re doing. Understand that people come in many different forms. Don’t be judgmental about people. Take people as they are. And when you’ve decided how you’re going to help, be thorough in providing that help.”

Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by Erin Siegferth | with 24 comments

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