The U.S. Department of Labor’s Reintregration of Ex-Offender Adults program announced the awarding of $20,518,598 million dollars in grants to 18 non-profit agencies who will provide “occupational training that leads to credentials in high-demand industries; mentoring; and assistance in connecting formerly incarcerated adults with supportive services such as housing, substance abuse programs and mental health treatment,” according to a news release issues by the DOL’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA).
The Reintegration of Ex-Offenders-Adult Program Grantees, and the amount of the grants are:
Arizona Women’s Education & Employment Inc. Phoenix, AZ $1,212,000
Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph Kansas City, MO $1,212,000
Centerstone of Indiana, Inc. Bloomington, IN $1,212,000
Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa Tulsa, OK $1,025,858
Friends Outside in Los Angeles, Inc Los Angeles, CA $1,112,000
Goodwill Industries of Southeast Louisiana New Orleans, LA $1,025 858
Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands,South Carolina, Inc.Greenville, SC $1,025,585
Impact Services, Corp Philadelphia, PA $1,201,137
Living Classrooms Foundation Baltimore, MD $1,025,858
OIC of Broward County Ft. Lauderdale, FLA. $1,212,000
SER-Jobs for Progress of Texas Gulf Coast, Inc. Houston, TX $1,025,858
SNAP Financial Access Spokane, WA $1,212,000
Span Boston, MA $1,025.858
Spectrum Resource Des Moines, IA $1,211,405
The Dannon Project Birmingham, AL $1,212,000
The Fortune Society, Inc. Long Island City, NY $1,212,000
Tri-County Urban League Peoria, IL $1,042,908
Word of Hope Ministries Milwaukee, WI $1,212,000
While the Fortune Society has been helping formerly incarcerated persons reenter their communities in New York for 45 years, other, newer beneficiaries of the grants have created similar programs in their own states. For example, Spectrum Resources of Iowa received funding for its reentry services program which will help 400 reentrants through its work readiness program, mentoring sessions, post-secondary, vocational and apprenticeship training classes, and its job placement assistance program.
Echoing the words of Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, who remarked"A strong support network is the key for formerly incarcerated individuals to successfully transition back to their communities," Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that supervises such grants. declared, “Reintegration programs are crucial for job training, employment assistance and other wraparound services …” Formerly incarcerated individuals who are given a second chance through programs, such as the ones listed above couldn’t agree more.