After 17 years in prison, Damon Rodriguez was homeless and unemployed upon release. It was a situation he was all too familiar with: “I was in the streets since I was 12-years-old,” he says.
Without marketable skills, finding a job seemed impossible. But when he enrolled in Employment Services at The Fortune Society, the course of his life positively changed.
After graduating from our Green Construction Program, Damon found a job in the sustainable construction industry. “I’m now a supervisor at a construction company,” he says, “I earn $52 an hour, and am extremely grateful to where I am in my life.” His transformation would not have been possible without your continued generosity.
This #GivingTuesday, make a donation to help more people like Damon transform their lives.
This year, individual supporters like you helped us provided life-changing services to over 6,000 individuals coming home from prisons and jails. Specifically, we were able to:
Your investments led to these positive results, but we still need your continued support to meet increasing demand.
There are many other justice-involved people like Damon still struggling to find employment. Most come from high-poverty, low-literacy neighborhoods with little access to quality education, social support, or job opportunities. Our clients reflect the challenges associated with such circumstances—in 2015, just under 3% of our clients in Employment Services had jobs upon enrollment.
All justice-involved people deserve to thrive as contributing members of their communities— that’s the kind of world we want to keep building. With your donation, we can continue doing just that.