- February 4th, 2016
Project Return works with people who have been convicted of felonies or serious misdemeanors and were recently released from incarceration. Our efforts are infused with the commitment of Project Return to every person’s humanity and dignity, as each person returns to society and leaves prison behind.
Mass incarceration is one of the defining dilemmas of our day. Nothing about addressing mass incarceration can be effective unless we assure that people have opportunities to succeed when they get out.
We coach people through their job search, acquisition, advancement, and retention. We pair that with a wide array of wraparound services and ongoing support. Our participants are motivated job seekers, fueled by their desire to leave prison behind and lead new, productive lives. We meet that need with opportunity, and a judgment-free approach in which we embrace the individuals who make their way – destitute, but determined – to Project Return.
- Prison In-Reach: We go inside correctional facilities across the state to help people prepare themselves for release. Through our presentations in prisons and jails, we spark connections with the men and women who will soon again become residents in our community.
- Reentry Program: The heart of our entire operation; our Job Readiness classes, delivered weekly, propel people forward in their new beginning after incarceration.
- PRO Employment: Our first social enterprise is a transitional jobs venture. We hire people ourselves, immediately after their release from incarceration. They gain income and valuable experience, and our employment partners gain a motivated workforce. Having a job is the most important way to keep from going back to prison.
- PRO Housing: Our second social enterprise is an affordable housing initiative. We acquire rental properties and assure that people have a place to call “home”.
- Reentry Entrepreneurship Program: People with entrepreneurial ambitions gain business modeling and mentoring.
- Family Ties: Our effort to help identify and address the child support needs of the people we serve.
In the news:
Nonprofit tackles housing hurdles for former offenders – The Tennessean
THDA presents Project Return with Housing Trust Fund grant – The Nashville PRIDE
Q&A: Project Return’s Bettie Kirkland – The Nashville Post