BALTIMORE — Robert Pittman says he had a darkish childhood.

He misplaced his mother at age eight and plenty of different members of the family earlier than he turned 10.

When he was 17, he was sentenced to life in jail plus 15 years.

After serving seven years, his entire life modified.

He started studying books, which gave him a brand new outlook on life.

While in jail, he went from having a third-grade studying degree to having a bachelor’s diploma.

“From that time on, I used to be in a position to see my freedom, so I began doing stuff in the direction of my freedom proper after that, I used to be like man I might be free,” says Robert Pittman.

Pittman served 24 years in jail.

He says as soon as he acquired out on parole, he was decided to get a job.

The Sunday after his launch, he met a member of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, and the subsequent day, he had 5 job interviews.

“It gave me the chance to decide on which one felt one of the best for me,” says Robert Pittman.

He selected to be a peer restoration specialist on the Glowing Souls behavioral well being heart.

“I got here to the conclusion that the simplest manner for me to assist myself is to assist the group that I’m part of,” says Robert Pittman.

Just two weeks after his launch from jail, he has a brand new profession.

He says it is all because of the mayor’s workplace of employment improvement.

“We work with all totally different sectors, in demand, sectors from healthcare to it and the humanities to simply something anybody’s searching for the place they’re to have the ability to assist them discover that chance,” says Mack Garvin.

Pittman says working with MOED to get a job was one of the best resolution he made since getting out of jail.

“This is the place in case you don’t know now, you already know, that is the place as a result of one of many most important explanation why lots of people won’t have a job it’s as a result of they don’t know the place to search for one,” says Robert Pittman.

He now has a job that he loves doing, serving to different folks higher their lives.

Mack Garvin, director of MOED, says Pittman’s story is an instance of why the division exists.

“We love working with folks, and we love our metropolis, and we all know that our metropolis is more healthy when persons are working. We know persons are more healthy and happier once they can’t afford to do the issues that they should do to stay, in order that’s why we do that work.” says Mack Garvin.

Robert encourages others with felony backgrounds or anybody who’s searching for a job to succeed in out to the mayor’s workplace of employment improvement.

In 2023, the division was in a position to assist simply over 400 ex-offenders discover jobs with advantages.