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Update on the Michigan Offender Success Program:
MARQUETTE– Great Lakes Recovery Centers, a non-profit organization, is participating in a program to help offenders being released from prison all across the Upper Peninsula.
The Michigan Offender Success Program helps with mental health, substance abuse, prevention services, peer recovery coaching, and more.
The goal of this program is to help every offender released from prison by giving them the necessary tools to succeed in society.
Andy is an example of the program helping a person get back on track for themselves and for society. He is among the 58 people who landed a full-time job last year through the program’s Employment Readiness services. He’s very appreciative of the opportunity he’s had to help himself through Lakestate Industries.
Andy says, “Definitely, one hundred percent changed my views, changed the way I carry myself. Everything. So, I wanted to come here, she inivted me, I’m thankful, I’m blessed that I got to see what she’s involved in. With helping people that stuggle,which I am one of them. But with her support and people like you. It definitely makes a difference in people like my life forsure. So, I wanna say thank you.”
Jason Sides, a Community Coordinator, says, “When an offender is released from prison they are given a referral to our agencies and we assist them with either housing, several different social supports, and mainly employment. We try to assist them with locating career-oriented employment.”
The mission of Michigan’s Offender Success Model is to reduce crime by implementing a seamless plan of services, supervision and opportunities developed with each offender and delivered through State and Regional collaboration with the ultimate goal of obtaining sustainable employment and self-sufficiency.
The mission is accomplished by targeting service provision to meet the identified needs of returning offenders, thereby reducing their risk of recidivism and enhancing their employment opportunities