A local group with the mission of ensuring community safety by supporting inmates returning to the community with housing, employment and more is ending the year on a successful note.
Midland Community Former Offenders Advocacy and Rehabilitation, led by executive director Rob Worsley, recently hosted its first dinner fundraiser. The theme was “A Light in the Darkness,” and the night featured testimonials from various clients, as well as videos showing the agency’s mission.
Worsley said the organization is entering its sixth year.
“It’s seemed like it’s flown by,” he said of five years of supporting people after their release from incarceration.
MCFOAR, which became a nonprofit in October 2016, has worked with 670 clients since it began in January 2013. In 2017, it saw the addition of 115 new clients, which is a bit down from 141 clients assisted in 2016.
Worsely said so far this year, 50 clients received emergency move in and housing assistance, and 67 clients were placed with employment.
“The number of people we’ve helped with employment this year is really good,” Worsley said, adding some businesses have relaxed their parameters about hiring former offenders. “It’s been a big help. Hopefully, that trend will continue,” and the people the agency helps will continue to do well so those following behind them can also earn opportunities, he said.
Overall, the recidivism rate for MCFOAR is 3 percent, with only four of 138 clients who are former prison inmates incarcerated now.
“We are having many more successes than failures,” he said.
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