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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Dannon Project is "one of a kind". I have personally oberved the transformations of several incarcerated individuals. The Dannon Project has provided "a new look on life" for individuals who had given up hope. Thanks to the Dannon Project, these individuals are productive citizens.

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As a social worker with a local law enforcement agency, I have witnessed a tremendous decrease in repeat offenders that are clients of the Dannon Project.

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

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

As a Community Outreach Resource Worker serving families facing many financial, educational and social challenges, the Dannon Project has served as a job training resource for several clients of my agency that have had difficulty finding employment in current economy. The Dannon Project's assistance has provided job training for several who have dealt with lengthy job searches due to a lack of significant work experience or in demand job skills.

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

The improvement of this young lady's relationship with her mother which alleviated the constant risk of homelessness to her and her children because her mother wanted them out of her house has relieved me of the challenge of having to find shelter for them.

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I would streamline the enrollment process by removing the requirement that clients go to the State Employment Office.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Dannon Project open door's for people who needs a second chance, with consideration and compassion, they work hard to give every person a chance to fufill a goal, to push pass their pass, to give hope for the future, you get my deepest respect for what you do.

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

The office I work

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

More funding

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The service provided by the Dannon Project is very effective. the Prison Re-Entry program not only provides occupational skills training for individuals re-accessing the general public to be able to find employment. Other services incllude assistance with finding housing, transportation to training and/or employment as well as access to medical facilities. While in occupational skills traiing, individuals also may access GED preparation if needed. The Youth Program funded with WIA Yoth funds provides all of the aforementioned services as well to older youth that have dropped out of school and need to get their high school diploma as well as learn a skill. The Job Readiness component is very strong as is the Work Retention training. It included Conflict Resolution on the job! The program works with between 20 -30 individuals every three months and this model has been effective.Dannon Project staff members work closely with the individuals that have completed training by providing assistance with Job Placement.

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I have conducted support, provided resopurces and monitored the progresss of the program since January 2011.

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

Award more money and expand the facility and staff so more work along the same line could be done. It's rare to find a well-run agancy that keeps its focus on the client and continually seeks ways to provide more services.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

The Dannon Project has been great asset in my work as a probation officer. I have referred clients for employment assistance, educational training, housing and subtance abuse. The staff are super courteous and display a caring attitude. I would strongly recommend this program.

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Clients have found employment. I have one client who never touched a computer in his life, who is now working on his GED.

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

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

The Dannon Project has generously served the Greater Birmingham Community and is an extremely worthwhile effort.

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I have personally seen the growth of their client's self esteem and self confidence.

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

Provide the clients with more educational opportunities.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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The Dannon Project partners with the Board of Pardons and Paroles Birmingham Office to provide reentry services to nonviolent offenders. We assist in providing group mentoring and supervision to the participants. The love, dedication, generority, and loyalty the staff exhibits are geniune. They have a great relationship with the P&P staff. Highly successful program!

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

the COMITTMENT AND INTEGRITY OF THE STAFF.

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

PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SERVICES, SUCH AS HOUSING FOR THE PARTICIPANTS.

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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