Governor Declares April 22-28 “Reentry Awareness Week”

Goodwill Transitional Employment Program was shown to significantly reduce recidivism, change lives.

LITTLE ROCK, AR (April 20, 2018) – On any given day, nearly 26,000 Arkansans are incarcerated in correctional institutions. State figures show HALF of the men and women released will return to prison after violating the terms of their parole or committing new crimes. However, recidivism among participants in Goodwill Industry of Arkansas’s Transitional Employment Opportunity Program – is eight percent.

The TEO program is a 16-week job training program for men and women coming out of incarceration. Goodwill provides them temporary employment while they learn the skills needed to go out into the workforce.  But Goodwill’s TEO staff knows learning new skills isn’t enough to keep someone out of prison.

People returning from incarceration face challenges many take for granted, making it difficult to start over. Many don’t have a driver’s license; without a driver’s license you can’t get a bank account; with no bank account and a criminal record, it’s hard to find somewhere to live. Goodwill TEO coordinators work one-on-one with clients to help them take the steps necessary. Goodwill is happy to partner with the Department of Community Correction and Arkansas employers to help these men and women begin new lives.

What is Goodwill’s TEO program in a nutshell? State Reentry Manager Rick Watson says it well.

To speak with Goodwill about the program or a client about returning from incarceration, contact Kerri Nettles at the number above. 

About Goodwill Industries of Arkansas
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives through education, training and employment. Revenue generated through the sale of reusable donated goods at Goodwill retail stores is used to create jobs and fund critical training programs for Arkansans. Last fiscal year, Goodwill served 14,533 individuals and helped 6,173 Arkansans attain jobs with businesses statewide. To learn more, visit Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillAR and find us on Facebook: GoodwillAR or Instagram: GoodwillAR.