Danko Arlington was recognized by Episcopal Community Services of Maryland on June 5th, 2008, at a special breakfast held at the Church of the Redeemer in Northern Baltimore City.
Mrs. Jean Patterson Cushman, Executive Director of ECSM, presented the company with The Good Shepherd Award for employing recent graduates from its Jericho program. Also in attendance were the Rev. Cannon Mary Glasspool and Bishop-Elect Eugene Sutton who was later installed as the 14th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.
Jericho is a workforce development initiative which provides job training and placement for non-violent male ex-offenders who desire to re-integrate back into society. Jericho was established through a multi-year grant from the US Department of Labor Prison Reentry Initiative. Their employment efforts are highly successful and serve over 200 men a year with employment rates between 60-70% of its clients.
John Danko, the company’s President, accepted the award and acknowledged that many who are released from prison simply lack confidence, training, and encouragement to move ahead. In addition, Mr. Danko remarked that organizations like Jericho and supporting employers like Danko Arlington offer special relationships, mentorship, and accountability to help ex-offenders stay out of jail.