March 19, 2008
"Re-Entry in the Job Market Success Story"
"Ex-offenders have job skills they can use"
"Ex-offenders have resources to help them find employment"
"About SON'S City Re-Entry Management System"
SON’S City Reentry Management Systems (SCRMS) has applied for a grant through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) division of the Employment Development Department (EDD). The grant is to assist prisoner reentrants successfully rejoin society and particularly learn employment skills to offer them opportunities to attain viable employment and adequate health care for themselves and their families. The grant was submitted in October, 2006 and is for $433,000. We have not heard anything from the funding source yet but are praying and hopeful.
We are also working with a longtime colleague to attempt to acquire funding from both The California Endowment, with whom we’ve worked in another organization past, and the James Irvine Foundation. The funds we are requesting would be used as start-up funds to help us during our planning and development stages. These times would include Board and staff recruitment, development and training. We are asking for from 50 to 100 thousand dollars.
Finally, under resources and funding; we are writing a grant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fund a Peer to Peer Counseling service for people in recovery. This grant could extend over a four year period and matches exactly the work we are currently set up to do along with our mainstay activities that specifically apply to prisoner reentrants.
As you can see, SCRMS is quite busy and are prepared operationally to move forward when any of the aforementioned resources become available.
We will be looking for highly skilled employees in the areas of case management and outreach coordination. Be vigilant in keeping up with this web site. There is a great future waiting to manifest here. We believe it because God ordained it. God bless you.
Rev. Victor D. Ramsey, Sr.
President/CEO and Founder