Entry Point Staffing is the first-of-its-kind staffing agency created to specifically address systemic inequity in accessing the job market.
Connecticut recidivism rate for returning citizens with no services.
after completing 6 months employment, recidivism rates can drop from 50% to 0%.
unemployment rate for formerly incarcerated individuals is 4-7x higher than the general population.
In Fairfield County, nearly 600 justice-involved citizens are released from prison each year, and the many challenges they face lead to high recidivism rates. Their common denominator is lack of access to economic viability. Parolees have traditionally lacked the employment opportunities and life supports needed to reintegrate into society.
A staffing program of Career Resources, Entry Point Staffing associates are provided full wrap-around supporting services including case management, coaching, housing and counseling. All are graduates of the long-proven STRIVE program, where they receive attitudinal job readiness training in responsibility and continuous follow-up support. What this means for you is a dedicated and ready employee who can learn and do the job.
Entry Point Staffing Administration
Director of Entry Point Staffing
Lisa Tella’s human services career includes being workforce developer and case manager in public housing, assisting residents of the Norwalk Housing Authority in meeting their self-sufficiency and employment goals. She was also job developer at Stamford AIC (Alternative in the Community), where she focused on career counseling and job placement for justice-involved clients. There, she achieved a championship award for job development from the State of Connecticut Court Support Services Division.
Lisa is a graduate of the University of Southern California (B.A., journalism) and obtained her masters in criminal justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.
She is thrilled to be part of this new initiative at Career Resources, as it aligns well with her passion for criminal justice and social justice, and helping clients reach their goals and potential.
Sr. Vice President of Business Development and Re-entry Affairs
Rob grew up in Plymouth, Connecticut and is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Re-entry Affairs for Career Resources. Over the last twenty years, Rob has worked the full spectrum of social services positions, including Mental Health and Addiction Services, Law Enforcement, Probation, and Prison Re-entry. Prior to joining CRI, Rob was the Senior Job Developer and Media Spokesperson for the State of Connecticut’s STRIDE program, which was a statewide workforce development program for returning citizens. He has built longstanding relationships with the business community as well as various media outlets, non-profits and, state agencies.
As of January 2018, Rob replaced Dan Braccio as the Bridgeport Re-entry Council’s chairperson and also serves on the advisory board for the Bridgeport Mayor’s Initiative for Re-entry affairs (MIRA). In the fall of 2018 Rob was chosen to serve on the Criminal Justice committee of Governor Lamont’s transition team.
In 2020 Rob joined the policy planning committee of the Connecticut Reentry Collaborative and also joined the faculty of UConn’s Encore program.
He has lived in Naugatuck with his wife Katie and daughters Amaya and Brooklyn since 2011. In his downtime Rob is avid sports fan and can be found traveling the Connecticut Wine Trail or vacationing in Cape Cod.