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Project Return’s Work With The Formerly Incarcerated

A job readiness class at Project Return in Chattanooga.
Project Return
A job readiness class at Project Return in Chattanooga.

(aired Thu 12/09/21)

Project Return is a nonprofit here in Tennessee that helps former inmates prepare for - and find - work with local employers.

It began in 1979 in Nashville - and this fall, it opened its doors here in Chattanooga, thanks to a state grant and donations from the Unum and Chattanooga Gas foundations.

Project Return offers skills, support and job placement to former inmates - so they have the tools they need to get hired, stay employed and out of prison.

Bettie Kirkland is CEO of Project Return.

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