Spirit of Cooperation
As we move further along with the Dept. of Labor grant for returning inmates, we are forging a closer alliance with Cornerstone Assistance Network in zip code 76111. Although we do some of the same things, the combination between the two is very strong. As each man or woman leaves prison, we do an inventory of their needs and either directly fulfill the needs or guide them to resources.
The HOPE Center has a strong draw especially because of our food resources, forklift classes and employment help. Many of our newly trained drivers have found jobs shortly after graduation. Gene Shaw provides individualized attention as people come to us with job needs. We especially like to help those with problem backgrounds. We believe a job helps build hope for the future.
Cornerstone does a great job of case management, lets people shop in their large thrift store and provides emergency food. They also have a free health clinic. This in combination with our forthcoming Dental Clinic will really help the community. We also work closely with Texas Workforce within the grant. Instead of looking on the computer to see what jobs there are, we will be client-based. In other words, we’ll see what skills the client has and then find a position that fits. We’ll also teach several classes to help prepare for employment.
We’ll be sure to report more on this exciting new development. More testimonies will be sure to come as people take advantage of the partnerships.