Goodwill offers second chances to justice-involved individuals

Goodwill offers second chances to justice-involved individuals

Particular Report, for The Metropolis Sentinel April 2021 print version

Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma’s mission is taking a step additional on the subject of justice-involved people.

Goodwill is an area nonprofit offering jobs and coaching to people with an incarceration historical past coping with non-violent and non-sex-related crimes. Consequently, a whole bunch of justice-involved Oklahomans have been in a position to purchase expertise and job coaching that they are going to be capable to take with them all through their lives and a brand new journey. 

“As many people know, Oklahoma has a few of the highest incarceration numbers within the nation,” Goodwill Director of Coaching and Employment Providers Amara Lett mentioned. “This implies yearly, 1000’s of people are being launched on parole with out course or a supply of revenue.”

That is the place Goodwill and its quite a few worker help applications steps in. Via the Start at Residence program, Goodwill is ready to provide workers supportive “wraparound providers” by group companions to achieve entry to much-needed instruments and sources making certain their success. Folks launched from incarceration usually step into tough circumstances and profit from the Start at Residence program to offer help within the day-to-day transition again in society. 

Via a brand new partnership with the Division of Correction and Probation and Parole Providers, Goodwill hires Oklahomans in transitional amenities to leap begin their expertise coaching earlier than being launched from the system. 

One instance is Amanda Parsons, a Goodwill worker on pre-release with the Oklahoma Division of Corrections. She at the moment works at one of many Goodwill retail places as a cashier, and with the abilities she’s studying at Goodwill, she plans to construct a profession and brighter future for herself. 

“It’s success tales like Amanda’s that make what we’re doing price it,” Lett continued. “A superb variety of the folks we’re serving to have nowhere else to show once they’re launched, and plenty of employers received’t rent or work with anybody with a felony conviction.”

Goodwill’s strategy to second-chance employment efforts illulstrate how the nonprofit works with workers to construct expertise. These are expertise that may assist them advance to greater positions in Goodwill and garner new profession alternatives. 

Many workers start at a retail location in an entry-level place, however by help from Goodwill, can quickly be promoted to administration and supervisory positions, which permits for extra numerous employment alternatives with Goodwill and different employers in central Oklahoma. 

“Incarceration is just not the start or finish of anybody’s story,” Goodwill CEO Jim Priest mentioned. “It solely takes one second to vary the trajectory of somebody’s life, and Goodwill affords a primary step in the correct course.”

Along with Goodwill’s mission providers, those that donate at one among 17 Attended Donation Facilities throughout central Oklahoma have one other likelihood to assist justice-involved people as Goodwill has donated garments to the Diversion Hub in Oklahoma Metropolis and the Oklahoma County Jail. 

To be taught extra about these applications and the way Goodwill is altering lives by its mission, go to  

Be aware from Writer Patrick B. McGuigan: The Metropolis Sentinel newspaper and its on-line information web site advocates felony justice reform. The administration and employees have lengthy supported data-proven, pragmatic applications which, mixed with beneficiant and decided people, purpose to assist folks construct capability for private success. The Goodwill program described here’s a main good instance of such efforts. We salute Goodwill and its management – and all organizations and people working to offer training, skills-training and different sensible help for people have been incarcerated or are prone to incarceration. Oklahoma can, methodically and over the course of time, change into extra peaceable in every day residing – and extra respectful of the chances for non-violent individuals who have been or prone to incarceration. 

Shellie Simpson is studying to work onerous (and good) with the assistance of Goodwill employees. Picture Supplied
Shellie Simpson is attentive as a Goodwill advisor guides her by improvement of her technical expertise. Picture supplied.
David Kirsch, now lively the Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma coaching program, strikes a cart of clothes across the facility the place he’s working. Picture Supplied.

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