REFOUNDRY PARTICIPANT DEXTER NURSE,  CURRENTLY GETTING MASTERS AT COLUMBIA SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK 

REFOUNDRY PARTICIPANT DEXTER NURSE,  CURRENTLY GETTING MASTERS AT COLUMBIA SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK 

OUR MISSION

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Refoundry aims to reduce the 2.2 million U.S. prison population and 75% recidivism rate by empowering people most affected by our criminal justice system to transform their lives and become leaders and economic engines in their communities.

 

 

WHAT WE DO

TRAINING & EDUCATION
Refoundry trains formerly incarcerated people to repurpose discarded materials into home furnishings and mentors them into their own business and/or career track. As part of the curriculum, we provide transitional services, life skills training, financial education, and business principles.

 

 

IMPACT

With pilot programs in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, Refoundry has helped participants launch 10 businesses that now employ over 150 people from their respective communities.

 


CORE VALUES

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Collaboration
Refoundry builds sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships
that enable us to access materials, transitional services and curricular support across multiple disciplines to enhance our programming.

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Self-Reliance
Refoundry helps people achieve long-term financial independence and become net contributors to the tax base. We model this self-reliance by generating up to 70% of program costs through the sale of goods and services produced in training.

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Craft + Commerce + Entrepreneurship

Refoundry believes that commerce and entrepreneurship are the best path to integrate returning citizens into the social and economic fabric of society, and to connect them to the opportunities they need for success. Building portable craft skills and understanding business principles pave the way to business-ownership as well as career-track positions that employers invest in.


CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUCCESS

When Gene Manigo came out of prison after 30 years, the world was very different, and opportunities were limited. Refoundry was there to help him achieve his true potential.

Former Inmates Turn Trash Into Treasure At This Sustainable Nonprofit

Huffington Post profile of Refoundry from October 13, 2016

 

Refoundry Workshops

Half-day craft-a-thons attract local talent and residents to create home furnishings from discarded materials that are then sold to raise money for Refoundry.


FEATURED PRESS

A Non-Profit Startup, Refoundry, Is Helping People With Criminal Records Start Their Own Businesses

March 22, 2017

 

UPCOMING EVENTS