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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Rehabilitation Services for Offenders

Mission: Project Return''s mission is to provide services and connect people with resources needed to return successfully to work and community after incarceration.

Target demographics: Project Return serves individuals who've been convicted of a felony (or a serious misdemeanor with a 6-month or longer sentence) and who are recently released from prison (up to within 12 months of release from incarceration); we also work inside the prisons with persons nearing their release date.

Geographic areas served: Nashville, Davidson County, and Middle Tennessee

Programs: Upon release from an incarcerated setting, client service counselors assess the specific needs of each individual and an offender reentry plan is developed to help them successfully transition from incarceration to self-reliance in the community. In addition to job-training and employment assistance components, this multiphase action program provides referrals to other essential support services, follow-up counseling, mentoring, and direct aid.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Willa V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered full time at Project Return for a year. It was with a heavy heart that I said my goodbyes to the staff and clients I had grown to care for and admire so greatly. I know with absolute certainty my life perspective was changed by seeing the resiliency all our clients possess. I was humbled and blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of Project Return's success and I am confident this 30+ year old agency has many more years ahead of them to only grow more in their capacity to help those who deserve it.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Earlier this year I happened to be going through a life changing situation and was recommended by my lawyer to visit this program, when i entered the receptionist area i was greeted by the most compassionate person that i would have expected to fine in an environment of this sort. She wasn't proud or puff up, she carefully ask me questions to understand my needs and fulfil the needs i had quickly.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HI MY NAME IS GEORGE CHANEY I HAVE BEEN COMIN TO PROJECT RETURN ABOUT 4 MONTHS NOW.AND EVERYTIME IM THERE I SEE ONE OF THE WORKERS .HELPING SOMEBODY TO GET BACK ON THE RIGHT PATH.IT IS A PERFECT PLACE FOR PEOPLE JUST GETTING OUT OF PRISON AND HOMELESS PEOPLE I THANK ITS ONE OF THE BEST IN NASHVILLE TN

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MY LIFE-Changing experince with Project Return Inc. helped me more than any one could come to know! after # of times in & out the staff still helped me more & more to keep me out. I had to see what was needed. they gave me so much to work with.so I applied it & found a wonderful job. the teaching, helped so much all the classes they offer will help any one that's really looking for work! & find that right job. they provied me with what I needed to keep me off the street help my family. so with out project Return Inc. I just don't know what we all would have done!!! especially me!! Iam so greatfull & blessed to have known of Rroject Return Inc. the staff & their complete dedication to US ALL. MY NAME IS MARLON V. PRESSWOOD & I am so thankfull.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with Project Return for about 4 months and have had an excellent experience. The staff are dedicated to providing high quality services to clients and really value the input and work of volunteers. I would highly recommend Project Return to eligible clients and volunteers looking to meaningfully engage with their community in important and often ignored work.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Nonprofits exist for the public good, and as the author and management expert Peter Drcuker asserted, "the bottom line for social sector organizations is changed lives" Project Return is a standout as an organization whose work contributes directly to the public good and who achieves that critical bottom line of lives changed for the positive. Project Return's impact is humanistic, they work with everyone who comes to them with such respect as they provide practical services that lead to real results. Their impact is also economic, the people who Project Return supports are able to return to their communities as contributors through the employment Project Return helps them gain. I have the privilege of working with many wonderful nonprofits who do good work in the world, there are some who do GREAT work in the world and Project Return is one of them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the Board President and have served as a volunteer board member for Project Return since 2004. I was drawn to this agency due to its commitment to improving the lives of offenders returning to the community after incarceration. I have worked with offenders since 1978 and this is the first agency I have found that the mission of the agency matches the passion of the staff to provide opportunities for offender success. Offender success means fewer victims, lower incarceration rates, and money saved that can be used to help others in need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional in the field of corrections I rely heavily on the services Project Return offers to the individuals leaving our facility. The staff is always professional and willing to do whatever we request. Their service is not limited to providing services at Project Return they also come to the facility and establish relationships with the individual prior to their release. This non-profit is a valuable to the goals we are trying to accomplish.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was drawn to Project Return by the quality of their staff, and the nature of their mission. It continues to be my pleasure to function as their resident computer literacy trainer, w/emphasis on online job searching and securing. It has been one of the gratifying experiences of my adult life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i was recently released from prison and went through the 4 day program at project return.After completion i gained valuable information and resources like a resume,child support help/drivers license renewal,work shoes,bus passes,job search computers,and time plus motivation from the staff/counsleors.