Department of Labor Awards Volunteers of America Grant of $1.5 Million

U.S. Labor Department Announces $1.5 Million Grant to Volunteers of America of Indiana to Provide Job Training, Employment Services for Formerly Incarcerated Women

Local funds part of $12 million in grants announced nationwide

Indianapolis, In. (June 29, 2012) –The U.S. Department of Labor announced June 28, 2012 that a total of $12,096,172 in grants were awarded to nine nonprofit organizations across the country to provide critical employment and support services for previously incarcerated female adults as they make the transition back into their communities.  Volunteers of America of Indiana, based in Indianapolis, was awarded $1,500,000 for services which will be targeted to women returning to the metropolitan Indianapolis area.

The project will serve 250 women during the two-year grant cycle.  Services will include educational and vocational training opportunities, self-development and empowerment classes, individual and group addiction counseling, trauma recovery counseling, family reunification services, and a mentoring program.  In collaboration with local organizations, the agency will provide opportunities for certifications in welding, materials management, emergency medical technician and information technology.   Each woman will be served an average of six months in the program, with supportive aftercare services in the community.

President/CEO Tim Campbell states, “The receipt of this award will enable our organization to assist women from the correctional system with multiple barriers to employment success.  Common challenges faced by these women include histories of substance abuse, treated or untreated mental illness, trauma and domestic violence victimization, and personal income at or below the poverty level.  These are often compounded by primary caregiver responsibilities for minor children.  We are excited to afford these women the opportunity for a successful career and economic self-sufficiency.”

ABOUT VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America helps more than 2 million people in over 400 communities. We offer a variety of services for older Americans, in particular, that allow them to maintain their independence and quality of life – everything from an occasional helping hand to full-time care. Our work touches the mind, body, heart and ultimately the spirit of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.  Learn more at www.voa.org or www.voain.org.

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Media Contact
Mary Leffler
Volunteers of America of Indiana, Inc.
mleffler@voain.org
317-686-9871