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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

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.

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

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.

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

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

3

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 ).

3

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.

4

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.

4

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

4

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"