In July 2017 the Labor Department awarded $1.2 million to the Little Rock Workforce Development Board to create a collaborative reentry project. The Rock City Reentry Project (RCRP) team reached several key milestones as the calendar turned from 2017 to 2018.
- Staff members enrolled six new participants, making a total of 14 in the program.
- Our House, a key partner, began a culinary training program with eight RCRP participants.
- Almost 300 ex-offenders attended the 2nd Annual Rights After Wrongs event held at the Little Rock Workforce Center (LRWFC). The event is sponsored by the City of Little Rock and the Central AR Re-Entry Coalition (CARE).
The Rock City Reentry Project is a response to Arkansas’ status as having one of the fastest-growing prison populations in the country, largely due to its high rate of recidivism. The project is designed to create a coordinated network of services and training sites to equip 150 adults with the resources to obtain long-term, meaningful employment.