U.S. Department of Labor Awards over $20.5 Million to 18 Reentry Programs
Date:  06-14-2012

Funds given to reentry programs providing job related services
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.