Ex Felons Advocate Bryan McKissack is Today’s Honoree

BryanMcKissackBryan McKissack has spent the last 10 years of his life dedicated and committed to the recovery community and finding meaningful and gainful employment for ex felons. He has sponsored, mentored, and spent countless hours, tirelessly helping those who want to live a clean and healthy and productive life.

He is the owner of Life House Life Program in Grand Rapids, MI, a home for recovering addicts, but often times, offering a bed to those that can’t find shelter. His passion lies in helping recovering addicts stay clean and sober, and helping ex offenders find work.

He spends every waking moment talking with, encouraging, and giving hope and strength to addicts and ex offenders. He grew up on the South Side of Chicago, and is a recovering addict himself. Celebrating his 10th year clean. He is an ardent advocate for those struggling with the disease of addiction, and those who cannot find work because of their criminal background.

He is a respected member of his community, and he is highly regarded by the Urban League in Grand Rapids, where he is employed as their Director of Employment.

Bryan is about to launch a website, UrbanJAG.com, the first of its kind in the U.S. exclusively for ex felons. This website will post jobs from around the nation for positions from companies who are willing to hire ex offenders for the job. He has spent a year building the website, and he is poised and committed to putting ex felons back to work around the country, instead of just Grand Rapids.

He is committed to working diligently to encourage companies to make more jobs available to ex offenders, believing very strongly that ex offenders have a lot to offer companies, and that we all benefit when ex offenders can find employment. His message is always very clear when he speaks to the business community…ex offenders are less likely to re-offend if working. Less recidivism means less burden on society, and families, communities and the nation reap immeasurable tangible as well as intangible rewards.

He prepares ex felons for their job interviews, provides them with resources for job skill training, teaches recovering addicts life skills, transports them to meetings, donates clothing for them , and is a positive role model for people of all ages and backgrounds. He lives by the creed that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, no matter what their situation or circumstances are. He believes everyone deserves a second chance, and that people can redeem themselves from their past, and become productive members of society with many positive qualities to offer.

Aside from all of this, Bryan also makes time to volunteer for organizations such as Special Olympics, At Risk Youth, Developmentally Challenged At Risk Youth and is a Board of Director for Adults with Autism.  He is a devoted husband and father of 3 children. He is humble, intelligent, compassionate, and personable. He wants to leave a legacy of compassion, he wants to give back, and he wants to reach out and touch the lives of as many addicts and felons as he can…he will serve to his last breath.

Visit Bryan McKissaack for more information.

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