The Louisville Day Reporting Center, a non-residential reentry center in Kentucky, is helping its program participants achieve stability in life as they to work to reenter their communities. This includes working with participants to find stable employment, health care and even help through the holidays.
For Thanksgiving, the Louisville Day Reporting Center gave away two holiday food baskets to participants in need. This was the third year that the center had the opportunity to help participants celebrate the holiday, which can be an alienating time for anyone who can’t afford to purchase a Thanksgiving meal for themselves or their families.
The Louisville DRC also recently partnered with Goodwill Industries as part of an employment initiative. Employment specialists from Goodwill will be facilitating the center’s Employment Group moving forward. The group gives participants the skills they need to apply for and obtain jobs, including resume-building and interview workshops. Research shows that having a stable job helps to decrease recidivism and improve a person’s confidence in their abilities and contributions to society.
Due to the partnership with Goodwill, four participants from the DRC had the opportunity to participate in Goodwill’s Core Module Training Program and are now working closely with Goodwill to obtain employment. Participants will be able to use the Core Module Training on their resumes, and it may also prove helpful in showing prospective employers the positive initiatives they have been working on while participating in the center’s program.
In addition to employment, the Louisville DRC has diligently been searching for ways to help its participants meet their healthcare needs. The center is now working with the community outreach specialist at the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections to ensure all participants are enrolled in healthcare going into 2018.
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