April is Second Chance Month
Reentry Training Programs Highlighted During April
Goodwill North Central Texas is doing its part during Second Chance Month to help people transition from justice involvement to advancing their careers and contributing to their communities, as it does all year long. All month, Goodwill® is highlighting its job training and social service offerings that help people who have been involved in the justice system find jobs and support their families and work to create safer communities.
Stemming from the Second Chance Act, which Congress passed in 2008 as a means of providing supports to workers and prevent recidivism, Second Chance Month is commemorated each April. The Second Chance Act legislation, which Congress reauthorized in December 2018 with bipartisan support, created the National Reentry Resource Center and funds work to improve reentry outcomes nationwide.
“When people find and keep good jobs after being involved in the justice system, they do more than just help themselves,” said Romney Guy, Vice President of Workforce Development for Goodwill North Central Texas. “They also build brighter futures for their families and strengthen their communities. As always, Goodwill is proud to do its part to help people navigate past those obstacles through the power of work.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, at least 95 percent of all state prisoners will eventually be released from prison. Each year, more than 650,000 state prison inmates return to their communities after serving their time. Goodwill believes all of these individuals deserve a second chance and that the best way to help them be successful is to offer work-related programs that allow them to become self-sufficient.
Goodwill North Central Texas is committed to providing workforce development, job placement, educational training, and other supportive services to individuals with criminal records who are seeking positive re-entry into our communities. We work to form collaborative partnerships with other community organizations and businesses in an effort to form relationships. This allows our clients to be employed and give us the ability to spread awareness of the struggles of reentry and gain support for positive offender reentry.
In addition, Goodwill also offers a free Job Resource Center and Digital Career Accelerator for anyone interested in learning new skills, getting relevant training or starting on new career paths.
Each year, more than 82,000 people impacted by the criminal justice system achieve their education and employment goals with holistic reintegration services from Goodwill organizations. Goodwill North Central Texas is proud to provide support services and training to more than 10,000 people each year.