New Member: Project Return, Nashville, Tennessee

Jun 29, 2017 No Comments by

The Alliance welcomes Project Return, a Nashville organization that helps people returning from incarceration gain steady employment and lead new, productive lives.

Project Return begins its outreach inside correctional facilities to introduce its services and prepare individuals for this transition. Post-release, all who complete Project Return’s Job Readiness training are eligible for supportive services, including coaching and job search assistance, hard skills education, and child support assistance.

Project Return launched its staffing enterprise, PRO Employment (PROe), in 2013 as a way to help former inmates gain recent work experience and immediate income, demonstrate their motivation and reliability on-the-job, and gain references toward securing longer-term employment. Last year alone, the business employed 132 individuals, placing them with a variety of employment partners, primarily in the manufacturing industry.

PROe provides workers with door-to-door transportation, work clothing and tools, and ongoing coaching, and offers employment partners no-fee conversions. Following their work experience at PROe, more than 90% of workers transition to long-term employment, many accepting offers of hire by the contracting business. Individuals who opt in to Project Return’s retention services receive an additional year of coaching and support, including assistance with workforce advancement.

A key hallmark of Project Return’s approach is significantly lower recidivism, consistently less than 15% for program participants, compared to around 40% in Tennessee and around 60% nationally.

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