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The O.C.E.O. Foundation, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Crime & Law, Crime & Legal-Related, Financial Counseling, Human Services

Mission: The mission of the O.C.E.O. Foundation, Inc. is to teach interpersonal skills, provide educational opportunities and nurture the development of social support systems for underserved populations.

Results: 1) Lowered rates of criminal/illegal/high-risk actions 2) Increased job training, placement, employment and educational opportunities 3) Increased housing placement 4) Increased financial literacy 5) Decreased drug and alcohol abuse through participation in substance intervention services 6) Increased participation in physical and mental health services 7) Increased family/community/civic engagement during all phases of the re-entry process

Target demographics: individuals who are experiencing homelessness and/or re-entry, substance abuse, social/mental issues, and aging out of foster care.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 28 individuals; 4 agencies

Geographic areas served: the City of Tallahassee, Leon County, greater Big Bend area and State of Florida

Programs: Life-Management Skills Assessment Criminogenic Corrective Needs Career Guidance Transportation Assistance Housing Placement Assistance Help Accessing Health Care Services Financial Literacy Holistic Counseling Cognitive Restructuring After-Care Network Program Nutritional Instruction Employment Opportunities Interpersonal Building Crisis Intervention Pet Therapy Restorative Justice Advocacy Social Entrepreneurship Educational Training

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

I actually heard about The O.C.E.O. Foundation through a friend of mine while seeking assistance for public housing. Oceo provided helpful information and I was able to not only find a place, but he also encouraged me to consider going back to school . The next semester I enrolled and started working towards my first degree. If it wasn't for his advice and encouragement I probably would have never considered going back to school. Now I have just two more semesters left before I graduate. Through all of this I have learned the importance of education and how it can make a difference in pay and morale.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I came to know Oceo while pursuing my education and now he is able to give back through The O.C.E.O. Foundation. This organization is a perfect example of perseverance and staying committed to a dream until it becomes a reality. The O.C.E.O. Foundation exemplifies this and gives hope and purpose to those who seek help so they can achieve a better life and future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Having a family member who has experienced drug abuse and homelessness, I feel that the O.C.E.O. Foundation is a great help for others to get back on their feet in positive way and be successful in their community. I have reached out to them several times and they have always been a great resource.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Oceo Harris about two years ago at the Randolph house in Tallahassee, FL. Since I've known him he's been a straight forward person and not afraid to tell you how he really feels about any situation. I've gained a lot of knowledge and learned a lot from him these past two years. He's truly made a difference in my life…thanks Mr. Harris! - Kendrick Robinson

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I came across The O.C.E.O. Foundation while searching for help getting a work exemption. They were very knowledgeable and assisted me with the paperwork. It would have been much harder to do it on my own and I am glad that there is an organization such as The O.C.E.O. Foundation in my community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found out about The O.C.E.O. Foundation one day while scrolling through Instagram. Since then, I look forward to their inspiring posts each day! I love how they are so positive with their cause.

Board Member

Rating: 5

“The OCEO Foundation has inspired and provided a sundry of resources and opportunities for those that are underserved in our community. Our new beginning has been an exciting and heartwarming experience. Lives have been educated, redirected and impacted. Truly the best is yet to come!” - Pastor Anthony "A.B." Battle

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got out of prison in 2012 with ambition but no real plan or direction. I met Oceo shortly thereafter and since then he has been a loyal brother and mentor to me. Oceo helped me with understanding the process of staying out and moving forward.

Oceo, as well as The O.C.E.O. Foundation, has impacted my life in a positive way such that someone who really cares would. He is consistently there to answer any questions I may have and has given me valuable lessons I will remember for life. I have made it four years free since I was incarcerated and I am doing things most people, even myself, would have never imagined.

I am a certified graduate electrician apprentice from Lively Technical Institute, a Deans List student at Tallahassee Community College and on track to become an electrical engineer. I owe a lot of my success to Oceo and his support, knowledge and patience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

"It was the year 2012 when I first met Oceo Harris and learned about The O.C.E.O. Foundation. Oceo was a guest speaker at a seminar that offered inmates opportunities to be better individuals. He presented different plans and solutions for those that were soon to be released from incarceration. I took the advice that Mr. Harris offered and relocated to Tallahassee, Florida. In 2013, Mr. Harris helped and encouraged me to enroll into school. I enrolled into Lively Technical Center and completed a trade in A/C Refrigeration in December, 2014. Along the way he also helped me find employment. All the advice and encouragement he has given me has given me hope. I'm currently enrolled at Tallahassee Community College, and my goal is to earn my Ph.D. in Sports Management. Mr. Harris and The O.C.E.O. Foundation helped me to realize that there are a lot of opportunities in life no matter what we may go through"

Board Member

Rating: 5

I truly enjoy being part of The O.C.E.O. Foundation and utilizing my skills and talents to help with its mission and purpose. I am a firm believer in second chances, and The O.C.E.O. Foundation enables this to be possible for many individuals experiencing social barriers. There is no greater joy than seeing one's efforts transform lives and create opportunities for self-worth, mutual restitution and a purpose-driven legacy!