Clerk Dorothy Brown’s Employee, Warren Phillips, To Tell "Windy City Live" His "Second Chance" Success Story
- Wednesday, September 16, 2015
In November 2005, Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, hired Warren Phillips through an employment pilot program at the County for ex-offenders. Prior, Phillips struggled to find and keep employment due to a misdemeanor felony charge on his record. Laid off from one job in 2001 and fired from others because of his background, he was desperately searching for help when he, first, heard about the Safer Foundation, joined its program and through that organization found out about Clerk Brown’s pilot program.
Phillips and Safer Foundation Executive Director Anthony Lowery will tell Phillip’s second chance success story on ABC-7’s “Windy City Live,” airing 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 17.
Phillips has now worked for the Clerk’s Office for eight years as a Bond Clerk in the Accounting Department. He says, “If it were not for Clerk Brown and the Safer Foundation, I would still be struggling for jobs through temp agencies. I am so grateful to Clerk Brown for doing all of the work necessary to put that [employment] program together. She played a tremendous role in my turning my life around and I am grateful to her every day.”
“I am proud of Warren and what he has been able to achieve when given the opportunity,” Clerk Brown said. “His story should serve as encouragement to all employers to offer second chance employment programs that allow people to take care of themselves and their families.”
In fact, Phillip’s success has continued through his son, Nicholas Phillips, 23, who recently obtained a master’s degree at the University of Illinois, Champaign, and a job at the prestigious accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.