The South Central TN Workforce Alliance (SCTWA) was recently awarded a $1.6 million grant through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to assist soon-to-be-released inmates from county jails in the 22nd Judicial District in southern Middle Tennessee including Giles County to transition back into their communities.
The Pathway Home grant will provide workforce services to eligible incarcerated individuals prior to release from a correctional facility and continue when they are released. The program serves adults ages 18 and older who will leave a local jail within 30 to 120 days.
“We welcome the opportunity to provide reentry services with the hope it helps individuals become productive returning citizens to their communities,” Giles County Sheriff Kyle Helton said.
The Workforce Alliance plans to implement evidence-based programming and employment assistance in Giles, Lawrence, Maury, and Wayne county jails by establishing Workforce Transition Centers in each facility.
“This program sounds like something that our district definitely needs,” District Attorney General Brent A. Cooper said.