October 5, 2017
Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
Today’s podcast is hosted by Krystina Kohler, Financial Stability Portfolio Manager at United Way.
Krystina recently met Dionysus Thomas at a “Welcome Home” event at the Alma Center. This event celebrates new life and opportunity for those who have recently been released from prison.
At the event, Krystina and Dionysus started talking about a passion they share – getting men who were formerly incarcerated back to work.
In Milwaukee, half of African-American men in their 30s have been incarcerated – one of the highest rates in the nation. Not unrelated is the astonishing gap in employment between white and Black men, a topic we explored recently in interviews with Jamaal Smith at the YWCA and Chad Wilson of Milwaukee 53206.
Dionysus is a font of information about the laws, policies, and practices surrounding employment after incarceration. As we work to move United Way into a space where we can impact on this important issue, Krystina knew Dionysus would be an invaluable resource.
Today, Dionysus and Krystina talk about his background and his passion and advocacy around employment after incarceration.
This is the first in a series of podcasts that United Way will do with Dionysus. Moving forward, Dionysus himself will interview individuals from the Department of Corrections, local companies, and many other stakeholders in this important work.
Check back next month for the second installment of this podcast series.