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Midland inmate program gifted with Zonta grant

Kelly Dame Published 1:27 am EDT, Friday, September 7, 2018

A community organization focused on helping former offenders be successful after their release has been gifted a grant to help female clients.

The Zonta Club of Midland has granted $1,000 to Midland Community Former Offenders Advocacy and Rehabilitation to assist female offenders.

“We are very grateful for their support,” said Rob Worsley, executive director.

MCFOAR focuses on helping former offenders in Midland County with their successful reintegration into productivesocietallife, improving not only their quality of life, but that of their families, neighborhoods, and community. The organization helps with a variety of needs by providing resources and services for shelter, food, and clothing, transportation, creating resumes, applying for jobs, substance abuse disorder mentoring, mental health referrals, anger management andmore.

So far this year, MCFOAR has placed 82 clients with employment and assisted 47 with housing, including moving in or emergency rent. Housing and employment are major predictors as to if former offenders will reoffend or not.

FromJuly21,2015,toJuly21,2018,MCFOARhasreceived145formerprisoninmates, those returning to the Midland community from the state prison system, as opposed to those being released from the Midland County Jail. Of those145,only nine have returned to incarceration in prison, resulting in a recidivism rate of only 6.2percent.

The reduction in the recidivism rate is a substantial savings to the citizens of Midland County regarding Midland County Jail housing costs, the cost of law enforcement and the judicial system, and most importantly the lower number of victimsinour community.

For more information or to donate, go to midlandcommunityformeroffenders.org or call 989-423- 1124. MCFOARislocated at 1415 Washington St. and is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

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