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New Goodwill training program seeks to ease transition from prison

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Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County is launching a new adult training program called Train to Gain.

 

Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County’s president and CEO Colleen Morrone lays out its basic goal.

"To help individuals successfully transition to long-term retention into the community and the workplace who were returning from incarceration," said Morrone.

It’s a 12-week program and Morrone explains how it works.

"Individuals who are being released from prison and or who have had a past background with any type of criminal issues can apply for the program. They would be referred to Goodwill and we would work with them on soft skills training, digital skills training, intensive case management, and a paid work experience," Morrone said.

Participants will work 18 hours a week at $10 an hour at places like Cabela’s, the Home Depot, and at Goodwill.

Goodwill’s case managers decide who is eligible for the program.  

Eligibility requirements include having a criminal background and being at the 120 percent of the poverty level. 

The program is kicking off this month, and for more information you can call Kenan Hilyard at 302-504-3550. Hilyard is helping to implement Train to Gain.

Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.