Advanced Construction Skills Training for Ex-Offenders - We Raise Foundation

Advanced Construction Skills Training for Ex-Offenders


St. Leonard’s Ministries – Chicago, Ill.

  • Grant Program: GrantsPlus
  • Amount of Grant: $50,000
  • Dates of Grant Term: July 2018 – July 2020

Project Summary:
The ability to secure living wage employment and safe, stable, and healthy housing are two of the most difficult barriers ex-offenders face when reentering the community. With the addition of an Advanced Construction Skills Training program, St. Leonard’s Ministries aims to provide sophisticated trade skills training and project management experience that equips trainees with the skills and on-the-job experience to obtain pre-union apprenticeships and union apprenticeships, leading to living-wage union employment. St. Leonard’s is confident this program will lead to lower recidivism rates and improved long-term self-sustainability outcomes among individuals reentering society following incarceration.


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