OUR MISSION

Opportunity

 

Refoundry's mission is to provide formerly incarcerated people with skills and opportunities to achieve financial independence and become leaders and job creators in our 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. Our curriculum includes mental health/addiction referrals, classes in internet, finance, business, resumé-building and interview skills, apprenticeships, business coaching, and more.

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 businesses were incubated in craft industries, including wood, metal, and upholstery.

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Refoundry entrepreneurs now employ over 125 people from their home communities.

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FROM HANDYMAN TO BOSS MAN

CONAN CASTILLO:

"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.)

Model Outcomes


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INDIVIDUAL

Financial security, family cohesion & zero recidivism

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COMMUNITY

Develop leaders, job creators and economic engines in affected communities.

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SYSTEMIC

Demonstrate a new approach to disrupt cycles of poverty and incarceration by fostering social, economic and civic inclusion that leads to healthier communities.

 

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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