Mission: Project Return''s mission is to provide services and connect people with resources needed to return successfully to work and community after incarceration.
Target demographics: Project Return serves individuals who've been convicted of a felony (or a serious misdemeanor with a 6-month or longer sentence) and who are recently released from prison (up to within 12 months of release from incarceration); we also work inside the prisons with persons nearing their release date.
Geographic areas served: Nashville, Davidson County, and Middle Tennessee
Programs: Upon release from an incarcerated setting, client service counselors assess the specific needs of each individual and an offender reentry plan is developed to help them successfully transition from incarceration to self-reliance in the community. In addition to job-training and employment assistance components, this multiphase action program provides referrals to other essential support services, follow-up counseling, mentoring, and direct aid.
I am the Board President and have served as a volunteer board member for Project Return since 2004. I was drawn to this agency due to its commitment to improving the lives of offenders returning to the community after incarceration. I have worked with offenders since 1978 and this is the first agency I have found that the mission of the agency matches the passion of the staff to provide opportunities for offender success. Offender success means fewer victims, lower incarceration rates, and money saved that can be used to help others in need.