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Career Services

Individualized support for individualized success

ATR Career Services is built on the foundation that when people in recovery are employed, they experience positive life outcomes. From lower rates of recurrence of their addiction, higher rates of abstinence from drugs and alcohol, and more success in completing treatment, this evidence has informed the development of this service.

ATR Career Services includes job readiness and job training opportunities designed to support participants as they build their skillset to enter the workforce and begin their path to self-sufficiency. From the time participants are enrolled in the program, they are encouraged to begin exploring their employment interests and options. 

ATR Sponsorships

ATR fully sponsors eligible participants to engage in the ATR job training program of their choice, which includes the cost of:

  • Tuition
  • Hourly work study benefit
  • Technology
  • Exam fees
  • Books and other necessary supplies

Between 2019 – 2023, ATR has paid for more than $20 million in career service sponsorships.

Career Services By The Numbers

More than 4,000 ATR participants have gone through our career services programs since 2019.

Job Readiness
1 %

80% of participants who completed an ATR job readiness program reported increased awareness on their job preferences, such as preferred work schedule, job pace, jobs of interest, and connection with people.*

Program Completion
1 %

88% of  participants who enrolled in an ATR career service program completed their job readiness or job training program.*

1 %

42% of participants who completed an ATR job training program reported employment after program completion.*

*Reflects data collected between 1/1/2022 – 12/31/2023

Career Services

Job Readiness

Paths to Empowerment (P2E) Program

The ATR Paths to Empowerment (P2E) Program is a 3-week, 60-hour course that addresses the unique barriers that people in early recovery face when seeking employment. In partnership with Massachusetts Career Centers (MassHire) and Advocates for Human Potential (AHP), ATR developed the P2E Program to help participants become job ready. P2E participants build confidence along their journey to work readiness by creating a career portfolio and practicing interviewing skills so they feel empowered to enter the workforce while sustaining their recovery.

In addition, P2E participants receive an introduction to employment and financial literacy, coaching on how to develop job search elements (e.g. resume, cover letter, references), as well as guidance through workplace scenarios to prepare for professional workplace behavior.

After completing P2E, ATR participants have several choices for next steps including supported job search, pursuing ongoing education, or enrolling in a job training program with one of ATR’s partnering providers.

Job Training

ATR partners with experienced trainers that offer job training programs for various career paths and fields, prioritizing programs that train in fields that are most receptive to hiring people with past criminal legal involvement.

We offer a variety of job training programs to support the goals of anyone looking to enter the workforce. Such as:

  • Building Trades
  • Carpentry
  • CDL Truck Driving
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • Culinary
  • Customer Service and Computer Applications
  • Home Weatherization
  • Hospitality
  • HVAC
  • IT and Computer Technology
  • Medical Administration
  • Personal Training

Because individuals in early recovery often have unique barriers, many of ATR’s job trainers have customized their programs specifically for our participants.

To review our full list of Job Trainers, click here.

For questions about Career Services or to join the ATR Provider Network for job training, please contact Kelly Joseph for more information.