At a time when job openings continue at record high levels,
Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana remains more committed than ever to helping
people re-enter the workforce or learn new skills to better position job seekers for
future employment. And there is no better time to help people than during Second
Chance Month. 

Second Chance Month takes place every April and helps raise awareness of the
barriers and opportunities for people with justice involvement. “All month, we are
highlighting our ongoing job training and social service offerings that help people
who have justice-involvement find jobs and support their families when they return
to their communities,” said David Tinkis, President and CEO. “We know from our
ongoing job training and skills development programming that when people return
from correctional facilities and then find and keep good jobs, they build brighter
futures for themselves and their families, and strengthen their communities.

Goodwill is proud to do its part to help people transition from justice involvement to
advancing in their careers.” 

“Even with more available jobs, we’re seeing an ongoing and widening skills gap
that is preventing many of those from the most vulnerable communities from
reentering the workforce,” said Steven C. Preston, president and CEO of Goodwill
Industries International. “That’s why job training and re-training programs like those
at Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana continue to be an important and essential
way to help people navigate past any past obstacles to get the support they need to
get a job or advance within a career.” 

The National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC), established by the Second Chance
Act and funds work to improve reentry outcomes nationwide, hosts Second Chance
Month. Recently released data of a study of formerly incarcerated people revealed
that a third (33%) of persons in the study population did not find employment at any
point during the 16 quarters after their release from prison from 2010 to 2014. 

“Goodwill believes all individuals deserve a second chance and that the best way to
help them be successful is to offer work-related programs that allow them to
become self-sufficient,” said Lynn Stevens, Director of Workforce Development.

Among the Goodwill programs and training opportunities available to those
reentering the community, Goodwill offers the EXIT-318 Program, which serves
Caddo, Bossier, Ouachita, Caldwell, Richland and Franklin parishes; the Ex-
Offender Placement Program, which serves Caddo, Bossier, Webster and Desoto
parishes; and serves as the single point of contact, convener and implementer of
reentry efforts for both the Northwest and Northeast Louisiana Reentry Coalition. In
addition, Goodwill also offers work readiness training to those incarcerated at Caddo Correctional Center and is in the process of launching a similar program at Ouachita Correctional Center. All of these offered programs help individuals learn new
skills, get relevant training or start new career paths.

As part of Goodwill’s commitment to Second Chance Month, the organization will
participate in or host the following activities:

April 13 – Return for Good Webinar, Community Incentive Grants and Second
Chances, Hosted by Louisiana Department of Corrections, 1pm
April 19 – Virtual REAL Reentry Symposium, Hosted by Reentry Alliance for Louisiana,
8:30am to 4pm
April 20 – Return for Good Webinar, Occupational Licensing and Collateral
Consequences, Hosted by Louisiana Department of Corrections, 1pm
April 20 – Monroe Reentry Resource Fair, Monroe Probation & Parole Office, 24
Accent Drive, Monroe, 8:30am to 11am
April 22 – Fresh Start Reentry Resource Fair, Morning Star Baptist Church, 5340
Jewella Avenue, Shreveport, 9am to Noon
April 26 – Louisiana Employer Engagement Forum, Hosted by Right on Crime and
Louisiana Workforce Commission, 8:30am
April 27 – Second Chance Virtual Career & Resource Expo, Hosted by Urban League
of Louisiana and Louisiana Workforce Commission (https://urbanleaugela.org/virtual-
April 30 – Expungement Clinic and Reentry Resource Fair, Goodwill Industries Job
Center, 800 West 70 th Street, Shreveport, 9am to Noon
All events are free and open to the public.

To learn more about Second Chance Month, please visit Department of Justice’s Office
landing page to view other calendar of events and access information on the month’s
purpose and vision.

About Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana:
Founded in 1926, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana is a nonprofit social enterprise whose mission is
provide education, training and career services to individuals who face barriers, disadvantages or have a
disability. Since 2005, Goodwill has helped 58,000 achieve their full potential through the dignity and
power of work.

Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana’s, nine retail locations provide not only affordable goods and
services, but also employment to those in need and a revenue stream to support Goodwill’s charitable
mission. In addition, a wide range of business services, including janitorial and grounds maintenance,
allows Goodwill to expand further employment opportunities by contracting with federal, state,
governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Goodwill also offers multiple job resource centers, equipped with job-search experts, computers, Internet
access and telephones. Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-
confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance.
For more information on Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana programs or services, or to find a
location near you, visit www.goodwillnla.org.

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