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South Sacramento nonprofit gets grant for prisoner rehabilitation programs



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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, March 25, 2010
By Megan Hansen

A nonprofit prisoner rehabilitation program in South Sacramento learned today that it will receive a $3 million federal grant. The organization is called MAAP and it provides training and employment programs to former inmates. The funds come from an initiative launched in 2004 by the U.S. Department of Labor to help reintegrate ex-criminals. MAAP Program Director Tressa Dorsey says the money will be used to train people for hands-on, skilled labor jobs… like a heating and air conditioning technician or an auto mechanic.
 
Dorsey: “What we’re looking to do is really spend that funding on building their skill sets and creating a more highly skilled worker to enter the workforce when the economy does turn around.”
 
Dorsey says the program will help participants get living-wage jobs that they can support their families on.
 
This is the fifth year MAAP has received the grant. The money provides on-the-job training, work clothes, living stipends, and more.
 
Prisoner re-entry programs in San Diego and Fresno also received grants.
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