What We Do
Reducing Recidivism | Increasing Employment
Project Return works to reduce recidivism and increase employment. We provide people returning from prison immediate paid employment, skills training, and ongoing career support. To offer work experience, Project Return operates transitional work crews that provide property services and a transitional staffing agency.
Project Return guarantees every participant who completes a three day job readiness course access to full time employment through our social enterprises.
In addition to work and weekly pay, Project Return provides a robust set of wraparound vocational support services including job coaching,
employment outfitting, identification documents, financial coaching, and medical/dental appointments. Once participants find full-time positions, Project Return continues working with them for a year to ensure they have the support they need to grow in their careers.
classes leads to a structured day of individualized assistance,
including resume development, practice interviews, and job search support. This day is also used to refer participants for services (paid for by Project Return), such as medical, dental, and vision exams, mental health and substance abuse services, and ID obtainment. Other ongoing assistance includes food, clothing, bus passes, housing and utility stipends, and more.
(PROe) bridges the chasm between incarceration and regular
employment. PROe functions as a temporary staffing service, in which Project Return meets the workforce needs of our employment partners, while our transitional employees earn, learn, and succeed. Our second social enterprise is PROPS. We are excited to be meeting the growing demand for property solutions across the Nashville and Chattanooga metropolitan areas, while also offering high-quality job experience to our hard-working employees.
and job coaching - Assistance with housing and utilities, medical and dental services, vision screening and correction, substance abuse services, counseling, child care,
child support services, voting rights analysis, and additional needs - Obtaining identification documentation – birth certificates, state IDs, and driver licenses - Direct aid – food, clothing, bus passes, and transportation services
2. CDL Classes (Chattanooga) 6-week course resulting in a CDL license
3. Construction Readiness Course (Nashville) NCCER certification We offer several hard skill development programs free of charge to qualifying individuals including: We also focus on helping participants identify and strengthen their soft skills, and how they can apply them to employment.