County to provide $ 273,000 in funding to provide returning, unemployed and underemployed residents with training for living wage jobs
Annapolis, Maryland (December 1, 2021) – Steuart Pittman, Anne Arundel County Director, Arundel Community Development Services (ACDS), Anne Arundel Connecting Together (ACT) and the Maryland Reentry Resource Center to announce the award of $ 273,000 in county grants for the launch of Turnaround Thursday at the ACT annual meeting tonight. The program will provide vocational training and reintegration services for returning citizens and unemployed or underemployed residents.
“Funding for this program provides residents across the county with the opportunity to get the training and skills they need to re-enter our workforce,” County Director Steuart Pittman said. “I would like to thank ACT for spearheading this movement. The turnaround Thursday will strengthen our economy and improve the job readiness of our workforce, while serving as a missing piece for county agencies and partners working with residents on the reintegration continuum. “
Inspired by a similar program in Baltimore City, Turnaround Thursday will help residents returning from incarceration by connecting them with training and decent paying jobs. The county will dedicate $ 273.00 in US bailout funds to the Maryland Reentry Resource Center in partnership with ACT, with funding managed by ACDS. A cohort of 50 people will be served over the next six months.
“This grant represents an investment in transformed lives. It’s about generational change – individuals whose lives are turned upside down in such a way that they become leaders of positive change in their families and communities, ”said Reverend Dr Carletta Allen, member of the Strategic Team of ‘ACT. “ACT celebrates this first injection and applauds the funding planned for the following years. “
Funding for subsequent years will be allocated to ACDS to continue building the capacity of the program to serve 100 people each year. Turnaround On Thursday, Anne Arundel will serve as a hub to prepare returning, unemployed and underemployed residents for the workforce and play an active role in transforming communities across Anne Arundel County. As a hub, TAT will integrate the expertise and programming of over a dozen county and affiliate agencies that serve this population on the reintegration continuum.
“This funding made possible by the county executive will allow the Maryland Reentry Resource Center to continue the work we started 2 years ago, allow us to build our capacity and extend our impact on the lives of those returning from ‘incarceration,’ Maryland Reentry Resource Center Executive said director Vanessa Bright.
“Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center has long been a leader in fair and safe hiring practices,” said Sherry Perkins, President of Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center. “By joining Turnaround Anne Arundel, we are teaming up for increased investment in professional training, job placement and career coaching.”