About 600,000 people get out of the nation’s prisons every year. Unfortunately, the formerly incarcerated return to custody in alarming numbers. Recidivism research shows that 6 in 10 will be rearrested within three years of their release. One of the primary reasons they go back is joblessness, either due to a lack of a second-chance opportunity or the necessary skills.
Mentors and volunteers serving as aspirational role models have an enormous impact on the lives of inmates and are often seen as “family.” Inmates overwhelmingly report that mentors and volunteers are essential to their transformation.
"To have the opportunity to meet with someone weekly, and offer that safe place...there's just no telling what change can happen in a person's life."
-Susan R, Mentor
"To have people that understand and come from a non-judgemental place makes a big difference."
Erica S, Hope Works Graduate
"I think it's really important that we put a lot of focus on the dignity of every human being.
Kevin W, Employer
Knoxville Reentry Facility
In September of 2022, Fourth Purpose Foundation had a ribbon cutting in celebration of a housing project designed to help those are are incarcerated successfully re-enter into society. In partnership with Men of Valor, the faith based organization running the re-entry program, Dogan-Gaither Flats supports up to 35 ex-inmates and are provided with mentorship, counseling, and job readiness training.