More than 30% of Arkansas Prisoners Have A Disability: Goodwill Re-entry Program Provides Needed Resources

Governor Declares April 22-28 “Reentry Awareness Week”

LITTLE ROCK, AR (April 20, 2018) –Nearly 26,000 people are incarcerated in correctional facilities in Arkansas. For the 31.6% with a disability, the challenges of reentering society after their release are compounded.

Goodwill Industry of Arkansas’s Beyond Barriers program provides help for these men and women. Beyond Barriers is an intensive 16-week career education program that provides people with criminal backgrounds, who also have a disability, the opportunity to learn new skills, receive paid training and find full-time work.

In addition to various career services, Beyond Barriers provides:

  • Access to transportation
  • Onsite financial coaching
  • Project AWIN, Social Security Benefits Counseling, and Wor k Incentives Planning
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program (24 hour counseling for individuals and their families)
  • Career Readiness Certification
  • Work Readiness resources
  • Session with Disability Employment Specialist

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.