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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

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

dannon project has been consistent with helping inidividuals. TDP has enhanced its teaching aspect for individuals and is seeing positive results with those students. TDP is keeping up its great work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

dannon project is consistently helping and expanding services to those who want help...they address issues from individuals or they direct individuals to other helpful locations...they dont just say no...they help any way they can...they are truely a special and considerate organization...

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband (Anthony Adams) is a former client of The Dannon Project, and we give total credit to them for helping and assisting him along the way. They are truly here to help and assist those in need. We are still very close and thankful to The Dannnon Project, Kerri, Jeh Jeh and the staff.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I want everyone to know why the Dannon Project is so special to me. It was named after my brother, who had the best smile in the world. His life was taken at 18 years old by my good friend, who at the time was living a life of crime. My beautiful wife Kerri wanted to honor my brother who she never met, but loved him as much as I did. We wanted to help those who at one time lived in the crime world, but want to change their lives, and become respectful citizens. We, The Dannon Project, have helped so many people in the city of Birmingham. We want to help everyone who is getting out of prison with job training, housing, clothing, and emotional counseling. In some way, if we look back at all the things we've done, some of us could be in the same position. That is why The Dannon Project, to me, is the best organization for previously incarcerated prisoners who have turned a complete 180. Thank you for honoring this agency and helping other agencies who are helping people.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a retired school principal and lifetime childrens' advocate, I truly can appreciate the mission and work of The Dannon Project. The organization seeks to rehabilitate and assist those who, for one reason or another, have lost their way. This segment of our society is a growing one and has very specific needs. The Project starts its work during incarceration and continues as individuals attempt to re-enter society. This is a crucial time when assistance and positive reinforcement are needed if the cycle is to be broken. Thank you for an agency that is truly needed and appreciated.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a long term contributor to The Dannon Project (TDP). It is an outstanding nationally recognized agency (see You Tube Feeding Dreams on TDP story) reflecing how they are consistently providing quality services to at risk populations including underemployed, unemployed, non violent previously incarcerated persons and youth who are pregnant, parenting, child of an incarcerated person or teen who had troubles with the law. The Dannon Project provides exceptionally high quality customer service to participants and their families while working closely with other community based and governmental agencies to prevent duplication of services. The Dannon Project uses resources wisely making it a great investment for every dollar contributed leading to outcomes that far exceed national, state and regional outcomes. The participants receive the services and support they need to change their lives and give them a second chance to achieve their hopes and dreams. They receive assessment, case management, housing, counseling, health care, pharmacy assistance, job training and plaement, state work certifications, savings accounts and financial literacy training, life skills training, pathways out of poverty training, character counts training, HIV AIDS prevention training, and a host of other supportive services and mentor matching to change their ways of thinking and support to learn new behaviors that will help them achieve their goals and dreams and show how they can do all things through unconditional love which is in abundance at TDP. Participants are treated with dignity and respect with high expectations for goal achievement being the anticipated return on investment. They hire participants and you cannot tell whether the staff is a former participant or a professional because the staff takes great pride in providing high quality professional service to each person who comes in contact with the agency making them feel important and part of the family, that whatever happened in the past will not influence how the agency is there to support you in achieving your future goals and aspirations. It is refreshing to know that there are people who truly care for others to restore and re-engage them in our community to create success for all involved. Now if they had more money and resources for prevention maybe they could actually prevent folks from making choices of crime and help build skills in how to plan and implement the plan as to how to have a successful life without having to get in trouble with the law and then come in contact with TDP. I enjoy attending events where participants are awarded certicates and receive incentives for goal achievements for training completion, job placements, certifications like CNA, Phlebotomy, EKG and Pharmacy Tech.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program has assisted so many individuals in the Birmingham community with not only their job skills, financial literacy, and communication skills, but it reinstills personal value and worth, aids in relationships with family, spirituality and their community. This program is just great.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Dannon project is a unique asset to our city. I appreciate the help that they continue to provide to those who are searching for a second chance in society. I am aware of no other program who is as involved in the lives of its participants in such a detailed fashion. Their approach makes it easy to understand their record of success.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

The dannon project is a gift to the community it serves. It not only does it help people who are needing a second chance at rebuilding their lifes, but also provides a service to those in the community who would have been impacted directly or indirectly by the recidivism the offender it serves. Thanks to dannon project the community is safer and some people get a second chance at rebuilding their life.
After attending one of their fund raising function, I hear the stories from their clients. Dannon project is getting results.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My story began when i came home from prison not knowing what i was gonna do or where i was going i had no job no where to stay the i found the dannon project or shall i say they helped me find myself again because i was very discouraged having doors close in my face because of my conviction being in the dannon project has taught me that we all fall down we all make mistake but it is up to us rather we choice to get back up or just feel sorry for our self or dwell on the past they also taught me that if we choice not to try and help our self then we cant be helped no matter how good of a program it is

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I began participating in the Dannon Project on October 7, 2010 after being released from prison. Since then, I have completed all of the programs offered here. Through my diligence and hard work, I was afforded the opportunity to participate in the STP program here. It gives me a chance to not only assist others who face the same trials that I have, but also gives me a chance to give back to the same people who gave me a chance. I am now the lab assistant in training through the STP program, with the opportunity to become a full time employee with the Dannon Project. The Dannon Project has given me and so many others another chance at life!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a part of the Dannon Project for a very short time, one week. In that week I have been able to come to the Success Lab to work on my computer skills. My personal experience has been exciting, motivating and very encouraging.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In volunteering with the Dannon Project I feel the agency is such a delightful place. All the staff were open to listening ears and helping hands. I learned alot from the agency, I gained alot of experience and with that experience I was able to gain full time employment with the Agency. This Agency is well known in the community for their acts of helping and being concerned for the PIPs(previously incarcerated persons). I have really enjoyed working for the Dannon Project. They have done and are doing a great thing.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have beenpart of the Dannon Project since November of 2010. Since that time I have learned how to operate a computer, they have also helped me with my education. I have the opportunity to use the computer lab to not only increase my computers, but search for a job, and communication skill. The Dannon Project has been good for me because they help keep me motivated to never give up on my goal of being successful in life. +




















Client Served

Rating: 5

I am new to the Dannon Project. I became a participant just two weeks ago. Since that time I have been assisted with my job search and interview skills. I am currently working on my computer skills and ready to work program. The staff at the Dannon Project has been very courtious, helpful, and concerned about my well being. Overall, I think this is a great program that helps ex offenders.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved in the Dannon Project since July 26, 2010. I was released from Julia Tutwiler Prison on June 30, 2010. After I got out of prison I felt so alone, even though I had family to back me up. They just didnt understand what prison takes out of you. The minute I walked in the door at Dannon I felt like I was finally home. I went to all of the computer classes, got my Ready To Work Certificate, was put on the Skills Training Program and the next thing I know I now have full time job with Dannon!!! I have never been this happy in my entire 50 years of my life. The road to this happy place wasnt easy but with people in my corner it took the edge off and I felt like I could conquer the world with people keeping me uplifted.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am new to the Dannon Project, but in the short time I've been in the program, I have come to learn that it is a good program to assist individuals with reentering society. I have able to work on my limited computer skills. I have been good to know that there are people who care about you.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

After being incarcerated, I became a participant in the Dannon Project. Since that time, I have learned alot. I have been taught to be responsible, which has helped me with reentering society. I am learning new computer skills, and job readiness skills that will help me in the future.

Review from Guidestar

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

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is such a blessing to have tireless leaders and workers in an organization like The Dannon Project. It takes a passion and strong desire to help people to be able to push through the road blocks that are put in front their participants. The people who work at Dannon Project have to show the participants that they will not give up on them like so many other people or even family have. That's what helps them persevere as well!

Review from Guidestar