Goodwill of North Georgia will receive $1.2 million from the federal Department of Labor for its program helping young adult ex-offenders find employment.
The labor department announced $72.8 million in grant funds for 32 programs that help people who “face a variety of challenges” when returning to the workforce.
“These grants give organizations the opportunity to develop new models with a focus on assisting communities with high poverty and crime rates in planning and implementing comprehensive re-entry programs for justice-involved young adults ages 18-24 and adults age 25 and older,” according to the labor department’s news release.
Goodwill of North Georgia was one of 23 community-based organizations awarded funding and is the only program in Georgia. It serves Hall, DeKalb, Cobb, Clayton, Fulton and Athens-Clarke counties.
Goodwill started a welding program for ex-offenders in January 2016, helping dozens so far this fiscal year find employment.
Spokeswoman Summer Dunham said there is a 12-week training program with Lanier Technical College for welding. Participants would have 100 hours of shop time, as well as 96 hours of softs skills training for the workplace.