FreshStart Blog


FreshStart Community Message

Dear Community, We are thrilled to reiterate our unwavering commitment to the FreshStart program's principles. We want to assure you that the FreshStart program will never ask for donations or money. Our mission has always been and will continue to be focused on helping individuals achieve a fresh start in their...

The FreshStart Roundtable Session

The FreshStart Employment Program and Small Business Office organized a roundtable discussion aimed at fostering a strong partnership with Hiring Managers and Business Partners from the City of Dallas. The objective of the round-table discussion was to speak briefly about FreshStart History, Recidivism, City Manager’s Goal for the program, Challenges, DBI Database, Retention and FreshStart Spotlight...

FreshStart Spotlight: Ellington Rucker

Joining the Fresh Start Employment Program offered by the City of Dallas is a decision that can lead to transformative personal and professional growth for individuals returning to their communities from incarceration. This program provides individuals with the necessary tools, resources, and support to embark on a successful career path...

FreshStart Spotlight: Ivory Simmons

Introducing Ivory! Ivory has actively participated in the FreshStart Program for nearly a year. Starting off as a 311 operator, Ivory swiftly ascended and was soon promoted to the position of WIC Clerk. Her inspiring journey exemplifies the remarkable opportunities that this program offers. FreshStart Employment also supports the client throughout...

FreshStart Spotlight: Anthony Murphy

"What's on the paper is not necessarily the person"

Anthony Murphy shares his experience of receiving a "fresh start" with the FreshStart Program. After learning about FreshStart from a hiring event, Mr. Murphy learned he was eligible to participate in the program. During his employment at the City of Dallas, Mr....