SPRINGFIELD, OH (JULY 25, 2018) – A $636,000 federal grant will provide job training and other services for recent offenders ages 25 and older through the Clark County Reentry Coalition.
“This will help return a struggling sector of our community back to active work where they can support the community infrastructure rather than draining it,” said Clark County Commissioner Melanie Flax Wilt.
Clark County was one of four OIC affiliates in three states to receive the award, including Philadelphia, Pa. and Harrisburg, Pa. The funding was awarded to urban communities with areas of high crime and poverty statistics. The SOAR (Skills, Opportunities, Achievement and Responsibility) grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.
OIC of Clark County will administer the grant for the Reentry Coalition and will serve about 70 ex-offenders, said Executive Director Michael Calabrese. The goal of the grant is for participants – who were released from prison or jail within 180 days of enrollment – to receive occupational skills training in order to obtain an industry-recognized credential and become employed. The grant will be staffed by one full-time case management specialist and four part-time employees.
The Board of Clark County Commissioners and OIC collaborated in 2010 to create the Reentry Coalition. The goal of the coalition is to reduce recidivism by providing assistance with the challenges individuals face with criminal backgrounds.
Clark County | Michael Cooper, Public Information Officer, 937-521-2031
OIC | Mike Calabrese, Executive Director, 937-323-6461