Jesse Simmons is an experienced and person-centered service provider for individuals reintegrating into society post-incarceration. Jesse manages a full caseload of people experiencing mental health, substance abuse, and/or co-occurring challenges and disorders. He is a passionate advocate, and regularly provides crisis intervention as well as helps his client navigate public assistance systems, access health care, obtain vital documents and he attends their court hearings. He is an outspoken advocate for second chance employment opportunities, and specializes in employment services and workforce development. Jesse has built a strong network of provider partnerships. He believes in helping others create a strong foundation, then empowering them to take one step at time to reach their goals.
Jesse desires to stay in the field of reentry and case management, and make this work a sustainable career with security and benefits.
Through education and work experience, Jesse has developed proficiency in:
- Case Management: comprehensive support for residential and non-residential clients;
- Workforce Development: provide job seeking and career building services;
- Computer Programs: Proficiency in Microsoft and Google OS;
- Multidisciplinary team player: works in deep collaboration with diverse service providers;
- Public speaking: on conference panels on reentry and policy issues;
- Facilitation and Training: via workshops and professional development in recruitment, resume building, job placement, retention, and advocacy;
- Conflict resolution: settling disputes and mediating interpersonal disagreements;
- Motivational interviewing: helps individuals develop goals and the plans for achieving those goals.
- Poet: Award-winning poetry writer.
Ohio University, Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences; Summa Cum Laude
- Case Manager for a reentry housing program and a substance abuse treatment center in Newark, DE;
- Active volunteer with several community agencies.
- Employment Specialist for a community center in Wilmington, DE
- Vocational Teacher for underserved and nontraditional students
- Awarded Vocational Teacher of the Year (2018)
- Won 1st Place in Ohio University’s annual poetry contest (2015)
- Commencement Speaker (2018)
Jesse believes in the redeeming power of second chances. As a child at age 17, he was condemned to die in prison. After serving nearly two decades in prison, Jesse was given a second chance and released in 2021. He credits his strong support system and self-determination for helping provide the foundation necessary to succeed.
Jesse is motivated by his own experience to help other men and women with their own second chances, be it reentering society from the penal system, confronting their mental health concerns, or obtaining and maintaining sobriety.
Jesse’s first big purchase after coming home was a mountain bike. He enjoys biking with his childhood friends every Sunday at daybreak. He has recently joined a lacrosse league and enjoys spending time with his family and friends in his Delaware hometown.