Dannon Project

Rating: 4.86 stars   57 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Crime & Law

Location: 2030 1st Avenue North Birmingham AL 35203 USA

Mission: The mission of Dannon Project is to insure maximum utilization of resources available from private charitable sources and from local, state and federal governments to assist in the development of healthy communities and lifestyles, thereby, preventing violence and other at-risk behaviors that lead to unemployment, disease, incarceration and re-incarceration, premature death and generational cycles of poverty and economic exclusion.
Programs: A.C.E.R. - A Chance for Everyone Returning is our re-entry initiative for non violent ex offenders reintegrating into their communities. We provide intensive case management, referrals for housing, healthcare, social service assistance, employment, mentors, substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling, work supports, and vocational training. We have served 286 participants as of 09/30/07 to which only 13 has returned to prison. 71% of our participants are African American and 29% Caucasian. 67% - male and 33% Female. 69% adult and 31% juveniles.
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally experienced good results from being a part of this orgainization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

That the orgainiztion would be able to help more people in my situation.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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During Christmas 2010, they helped me provide toys for my grandchildren and for once in 12 months, I felt like I actually put joy back in my grandchildrens lives.

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I would get more community help and get in the Media more. The Dannon Project is not as well known as they should be.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

all areas of my life. From family restoration, to employment, to moral support, and education. All of which I do not feel I could have done alone.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I do not feel this organization needs any changes made.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through the Prisoner Reentry program at Julia Tutwiler Prison for women

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

This group as a whole, as well as individuals in this group have encouraged me and stood behind me to change everything in my life for the good. It has been a total life changing experience for me and I am proud to say I am a Dannon Project participant.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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3 people found this review helpful

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 ).

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Assistance in career/job placement, medical services/medication, housing, clothing and mentoring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Afford transportation, housing for those in need ( transitional, shelter for short or long term, half way house ).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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3 people found this review helpful

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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a positive way.

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I had realized how serious the program is about helping participants.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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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I have completed financial literacy, started a saving account,established resumes and email several job, in which, two jobs have answered back,one willing to give work out of tomn.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

I had a car.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way they have helped me receive clothing for the winter and transportation assistance.

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my experience is great

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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5 people found this review helpful

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

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the love they show us regardless of our past.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a certified worker for Alabama

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world

Ways to make it better...

nothing is better than the Dannon Project

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One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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"

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

is they do nt turn you away they have open arms

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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