OUR MISSION

 

Opportunity

 
 
 

Refoundry aims to lower the 2.2 million US prison population and 75% recidivism rate by helping people coming home from prison acquire skills and knowledge that will help them transform their lives and become leaders and economic engines in their communities.

 
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What we do

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

 
 

Impact to Date

 
 
 

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Refoundry model was tested and refined in two cities: South Central Los Angeles, and Brooklyn, NY

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Ten of the 12 participants in the program have incubated into their own thriving businesses.

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Incubated businesses now employ over 125 people from their communities, many of them formerly incarcerated.

 
 

 
 

Help Us Create More Job Creators
Refoundry is currently raising funds to launch and scale our full program in New York, Los Angeles, and other U.S. locations. Think you can help the cause? 

 
 
 

CONAN CASTILLO:

FROM HANDYMAN TO BOSS MAN

"I was a handyman making $14/hour. Now I own my own business, employ 22 people from my community – using what I learned to help two start their own shops – and hit $2 million in sales last year. Best of all, I send my two oldest children to college, and my youngest to private school."

Conan Castillo, Owner, Al’s Furniture (LA Alpha)

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A Solution That Works for Everyone.

This powerful video spotlights Refoundry entrepreneur Gene Manigo's inspiring story. (Thanks to the generosity and talent of Brooklyn-based Wrapt Films.)

 

Core values

 
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Craft, commerce & entrepreneurship

Commerce and entrepreneurship are ideal pathways for returning citizens to integrate into the social and economic fabric, and connect with opportunity. Portable craft skills and an understanding of business principles pave the way to business-ownership and/or career-track positions employers invest in.

 
 
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Collaboration

Refoundry builds partnerships that enable us to cost effectively access materials, transitional services and curricular support to enhance our programming.

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Self-Reliance

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

 
 

Thought Leadership

In its first two years Refoundry has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Social Innovation Summit, and dozens of other entities and organizations as an emerging leader whose pioneering model can help transform criminal justice policy.

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