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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

U.S. Labor Department Grants $1,359,995 to Houston Non-Profit

June 24, 2016
Press Release
Award provides employment services for formerly incarcerated individuals

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the U.S. Labor Department announced that Houston workforce service provider and non-profit, SER - Jobs for Progress of the Texas Gulf Coast Inc., would receive a federal grant to implement the Training to Work program.

“This grant will provide the resources needed so that Houstonians who have paid their debt to society can reintegrate, learn skills, and contribute to their communities and families,” said Rep. Gene Green. “One of my top priorities in the House of Representatives is to strengthen and protect the American economy and increase our job base. The best way to accomplish this is through strengthening our domestic economy, creating jobs, and training workers.”

The Training to Work program will offer returning citizens in a state or local work release program an opportunity to participate in a career pathway program that defines and maps out a sequence of education, training and workforce skills training resulting in skilled workers that meets the needs of local employers. Additionally, these programs will provide services such as case management, mentoring, and follow-up services.

“Thousands of individuals return to Harris County following incarceration with little to no support in reintegrating, so there is a major need for these services and resources,” said SER CEO Nory Angel. “SER is grateful for this opportunity to help individuals needing a second chance to rebuild their lives and become active contributors to their families, communities, and our local economy.”

This funding is part of a larger effort by the Labor Department to address the employment and life challenges faced by many people involved with the criminal justice system, the department is awarding grants to 40 organizations providing services in 26 U.S. states and the District of Columbia through four programs – Reentry Demonstration Projects for Young Adults, Training to Work, Pathways to Justice Careers, and Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release.