It is a fact that Louisiana is the incarceration capital of the world. This cause devastation to the parents, children and negatively impacts our community in a wide range of areas. Re-Entry Solutions has provided essential community support services for the past 7 years to over 900 returning citizens in Central Louisiana.
Our goal is to positively impact our community by helping to keep families together whenever possible. We believe by focusing on employment, housing and family restoration we will be able to effectively break the cycle of return to incarceration while positively stimulating our local economy and creating safer neighborhoods.
We have experienced much success in establishing a pipeline to employment. With the help of our employer partners who are committed to helping one family at a time, one job at a time we have been instrumental in assisting many with employment. Our members were required to complete mini boot camps that identified individual barriers to their success. During this training, we focused on job readiness, understanding the employer needs and successful interviewing. We then matched our members with employers for hire considerations with great success. We have assisted 49 CENLA residents to obtain TWIC cards for offshore hire. And we have helped to assist over 100 returning citizens with housing. We work closely with our local collages and have successfully provided internships for 9 master level social worker students who are now passionate and committed to helping needed families going forward. As a result, Re-Entry Solutions have received several distinguished recognitions including: The LA. Justice Hall of Fame Induction, The Alexandria Human Relations Award and The Secretary of D.O.C. Excellence Award. We were featured on the LA Public Broadcast System (LPB-T.V. program), Featured story in The Rapides Foundation annual report and numerous other magazines and newspaper articles.
Today, Re-Entry Solutions’ continues to provide: Job Readiness, Job Connecting services, Recovery Support, Job fair host and Community Awareness through Education.
Louisiana continues to have a major shortage of affordable housing. Re-Entry Solutions solicited and was successful in securing the deed to three buildings and 5 archers of government surplus property. We then completed application for a grant and was awarded $488,000.00 to remodel and bring up to code two of the buildings for housing homeless residents who are committed to sober living and working. The New Beginning Transitional Complex -A Working and Sober Living facility will become the safe haven for 61 needed CENLA resident who need housing and essential support services for restored independence, and family reunification. Our desired opening date is December 2017. Your donation today will help strengthen our community, stimulate our local economy and restore broken families
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