One of the biggest challenges facing individuals reentering society from prison and jail is finding and maintaining stable employment. Weak work histories and social networks, limited education and job skills, and the stigma of a criminal record often hamper their ability to obtain a sustainable job at a living wage. And yet, without employment, formerly incarcerated people are three to five times more likely to commit a crime than are those who gain employment after leaving prison.[1] The inability to find employment not only affects the individual, but also negatively impacts the person’s family and their communities.

Our vision is to utilize the empowerment of entrepreneurship to foster the successful reentry of formerly incarcerated individuals back into society, ignite a new beginning for their families and a positive change in their communities.

[1] Matthew C. Sonfield, Entrepreneurship and Prisoner Re-entry: The Development of a Concept, Small Business Institute Research Review, Volume 35 (2008), p. 193.