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Mission: Jobs

People who don’t believe in second chances haven’t met Rich Polito.

Rich’s belief in the ability to turn one’s life around is infectious. And he doesn’t just talk the talk – he puts his words into action and follows through.

Rich is at the Boston Pre-Release Center in Roslindale and won’t get out until April 2018, but he already has a full-time job and is hungry for more.

The East Boston native got his job at the BJ’s Bakery through Boston Career Link as part of a new transitional program with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections and the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The program helps individuals returning from incarceration acquire jobs by utilizing the career center and its services.

“I’ve loved coming to Boston Career Link,” Rich said, “and I’m always telling the younger guys about it. They need to take advantage of it. I got my job here and I’m still looking at other opportunities.”

Prior to the Pre-Release Center, Rich was incarcerated at MCI-Shirley in minimum security. Rich has dealt with substance abuse issues for much of his life, but said he participated in recovery programs at Shirley and is now “100 percent clean.”

He is looking forward to getting out of Pre-Release in the spring, but is worried about finding affordable housing. Despite that concern, Rich is positive about the future and thankful for the services he received at Boston Career Link.

“This is next challenge for me and I want to make the best of it,” he said.

Mission: Jobs

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