Missouri prisoner re-entry programs win federal grants

Thursday, March 25, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — Two prisoner re-entry programs in Missouri have been awarded $2.9 million each in federal grants.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the grants to the St. Patrick Center in St. Louis and a Kansas City program called Connections to Success. The grants were announced Wednesday.

Both recipients operate programs through the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders initiative.

The initiative provides grants to faith-based and community organizations to help former inmates with job training, mentoring and other support services.


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Sharon cogsdill June 7, 2010 | 7:51 p.m.

my grandson just got out of Crossroads Correctional Center after about 3 years in prison. There was no reentry program for him. He has been sent to KCCRC in Kansas City. He has been there about 2 weeks. He leaves in the morning and returns in the evening. the place is very hot with no air conditioning or fans or windows. he has been to the library,and a clinic to sell his plasma in order to buy food while he is out. I was able to buy him a phone so he can keep in contact with me and also to help him in finding a job, He has no idea where to start or where to go. If he returns to the center for lunch he is not able to go back out. therefore he has no lunch. he says it is too hot to stay there during the day.I know that he wants to do right but he seems to be lost as to how to go about finding a job. He is also going to a school in Ohio by mail but he needs a book bag to carry his books to and from the library. I am at a loss as to how to advise him. I worry very much about him. this grant called Connections to Success , I wonder if it could help him in any way. I don't know what to do. S cogsdill

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