When returning citizens talk, we listen!
If you ask returning citizens what they want in a job, overwhelmingly, this is what they say: They want a stable career that pays the bills, offers room for growth, and if possible, makes the world a better place.
We are working with returning citizens pre-release at the Ohio Reformatory for Women and Richland Correctional to get them comprehensive solar training.
At the same time, we link them to solar and renewable energy employers in Ohio in need of good, stable workers.
By focusing on training and employment connections pre-release, returning citizens are able to get on their feet and do their part to make the world a better place as soon as they reenter the community.
Our impact will be both local and global.
We are working hand-in-hand with the Ohio Department of Corrections | Sustainability Office to develop solar training education and certifications that can be reproduced in many contexts.
We will help 75 individuals over the next 3 years with training, soft skills, employer linkage and wrap around reentry support
ARCH will support Impact Solar which will provide 75 Central Ohio nonprofits and government sites in Central Ohio with solar panels.
We will reduce 7 million metric tons of CO2 emissions over 20 years.
We will use this project to continue expanding on our existing network of support for returning citizens.
The number of incarcerated women in the US has gone up 800% in the last 30 years.
By 2060, the cost of inaction on climate change will likely reach $44 trillion.
Only 31% of returning citizens report being employed 2 months after release.
Wendy has spent 20 years building and leading nonprofit organizations that engage faith and community-based organizations to stand with directly and marginalized impacted people to improve conditions and systems.
Dana helps employers find talented returning citizens who qualify for open positions; leverages new and existing partnerships to connect employers with resources, and counsels returning citizens directly in overcoming barriers as they return to the workplace.
Program & Operations Manager
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To learn more, you can watch ARCH's video about this initiative or read about it on our partner's site here.
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