Two Major Organizations Join Forces to Cut Recidivism

On June 16th, 2010, Goodwill Industries and Prison Fellowship signed an agreement to collaborate on job training and mentoring services for ex-prisoners and at-risk youth, and to influence public policy initiatives.

Goodwill® and Prison Fellowship will work together to engage their respective staff members nationwide and encourage local community partners — including businesses, social agencies, nonprofits and faith-based organizations — to assist with the efforts.

“Goodwill has demonstrated excellence in its services and programs that connect people from all backgrounds to achieve economic and social success,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “The partnership with Prison Fellowship will help ensure that people with a criminal history have the tools they need to become productive and independent members of society so that they can support themselves and their families.”

“The goal of the Prison Fellowship-Goodwill collaboration is to provide greater opportunity for ex-prisoners, their families and the systems that support them. These skills will help ex-prisoners succeed on the outside and increase the likelihood they will stay out-making communities safer for all of us,” said Curt Kemp, chief operating officer for Prison Fellowship. “The partnership will include vocational training, life skills, education and other comprehensive services.”

The agreement between Goodwill Industries International and the Prison Fellowship will enhance the dignity and quality of life for those people with a criminal background and allow them to rejoin the community successfully.

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