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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Service Clubs, Crime & Law, Crime Prevention, Financial Counseling, Human Services, Inmate Support

Mission: To provide reentry and other transitional supportive services to several at-risk populations including non-violent previously incarcerated persons reintegrating into communities and their families by reducing barriers such as housing, employment, discrimination, job training, education, substance abuse and mental health treatment, and a number of emergency supportive services.

Programs: Awarded funds by the department of labor employment training agency to provide reentry services to adult non-violent previously incarcerated persons reintegrating into their communities from prison and/or jail for the training to work initiative. This initiative also provides reentry and diversion services to juvenile offenders under face forward. Outcomes include 3% recidivism (performance measure desired no more than 20%); earnings topped at average $10. 13 p/hour (performance measure required $9. 14 p/h); 90% mentoring rate (performance measure required 60%); 94% employment entered rate (performance measure required 70%); 96% employment retention rate (performance measure required 60%). We provided case management, education, housing assistance, job placement, job readiness, financial literacy, life skills, career counseling, mentoring, career training and certifications, and wraparound supportive services exceeding the number required. All eligible participants were referred for the following services healthcare, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment. The rexo report includes revenue and expenses for rexo generation 5, training to work 2, training to work 3, and face forward 1.

the youth opportunities careers program, funded by the jefferson county office of workforce development, provided funds for 75 at-risk out of school (osy) wia eligible students for occupational training and certifications leading to careers in the allied health fields and green jobs construction industry. Overall, had 94% job placement rate, 91% program completion rate and certification attainment. Services provided are recruitment, outreach, case management, job training, job readiness, occupational training, occupational certifications, coordination of substance abuse and mental health services, mentoring, and job placement.

the department of health and human services provided funds under the picci (partnership to increase community coordination partnership) for the benefit of education and enrollment services into the affordable care act program. It also allowed expanded services including free medical screenings, dna medical mapping, and exercise management. These services were provided across jefferson, calhoun and clarke counties in alabama. Outcomes include enrolling 750 individuals (500 required) and outreach and educational opportunities to over 5,000 unduplicated individuals.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I became a participant in the Dannon Project in December of 2010. Since that I have completed various programs which will enable me to find gainful employment. The Dannon Project is also equipping me with life skill that I will be utilized for years to come. I am grateful for the opportunity to have had to be a part of an orgainiztion such as the Dannon Project, and to have had good people take and interest in my life.

Review from Guidestar

Angel Winkler

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Dannon Project is a life saver for many ex-felons coming out of the system. We truly need someone in our corner that has not only been there, but understands what it is like to be judged by society. They understand the trials and tribulations that ex-felons face on a day to day basis. The Dannon Project has been there for me through trying times in this trying time in my life. Without their support, many of us would just quit trying to succeed in life and go back to our comfort zone which would just end us right back in the same situation we began with. We need more positive influences in our lives like the Dannon Project. They truly strive to make life worth living in a normal social environment.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Dawn Greening. I became a participant of the Dannon Project in late November, early December of 2010. Since enrolling in the program, The Dannon Project has been of tremendous help to me in many ways. TDP offered me courses on lifeskills, financial literacy, finding out about all the various college options open to me. They also support me in various other ways. They give us participants moral support, they give us someone to talk to to help us figure out our next steps coming out of prison and transitioning back into society.
They make all the difference to us who have noone when we come home. They prepare us for job interviews, as well as help us find gainful employment, so that we not only feel, but we become contributing members of society.
TDP is a wonderful organization, and the people who run the program, the people who work at the program, really care, they really want to make a difference. And they do.
What started out as a tragedy for one family, became a blessing to hundreds of convicted persons all over Alabama. And, I, as a participant of this organization am truly grateful for all that they stand for and do.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ONE MISSION ONE LIFE AT A TIME encapsulates the true attitude of each and every individual I have had the pleasure of coming in contact with at the Dannon Project. Being newly released from ( early release program ) prison has it's own unique set of problems. The staff ( from Corp. Office to Computer Lab ) exudes a true interest in every facet of my life as well as many unexpected problems ( from lack of family support to lack of interest from potential employers ). I wish to take this opportunity to thank the entire staff ( and volunteers ) for your prompt and sensitive attentivness to my needs and your continued support ( follow up as well as follow through ).

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Client Served

Rating: 5

First of all let me thank God for being apart of the Project. Now as far as the program it should have been around 20 years ago, I am almost sure if it had I would have not went back to Prison.It help me at 55 years of age just think what it could do for younger men and women.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Gregory Reaser. Iam one of the first ten to enroll in the Dannon Project. According to my experince, in the Dannon Project, my exspectations were met and the assistance is overwhelming satifatory. The staff members I've met in the Dannon Project showed me that their profession isn't just a job, but ther really CARE.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with The Dannon Project has been outstanding. Being a participant in the program they have shown me that we do have second chance at life. They have helped me with transportation, computer skills, and interviews. There is none like this program and I am blessed to be with them.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Dannon Project is a gift from God. If it wasn't for them I don't know where I would be. As soon as I got released from prison they were there to guide me through tough times. I appreciate the entire staff for there continuous support. They help me find employment even though i had been incarcerated. I love them all

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Dannon Project has help me in so many ways from finding a job to getting a career readiness certificate and a alabama certified worker's certificate. I don't know what I could have done without this great organization. Words can not express what they mean to me

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Client Served

Rating: 5

getting out of prison not working for over a year had bought me to being on the streets of birmingham al but its aways hope i walk about 5 miles to get to Dannon Project tried first thing the front desk ask me what she could help me with; got me some water then i told my story am sitting there thinking these peoples going to kick me out or not going to help me but they did they even refer me to the Fire house for the homeless then the next day i was in computer lab and my life has changed from that day july 27 2009 and getting better and better by the day thats a blessing thanks to GOD thanks to Dannon Project "ONE MISSION ONE LIFE AT A TIME"