Kenyatta: North Philly non-profit receives $4.5M Department of Labor reentry grant

PHILADELPHIA, July 25 State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., announced that OIC of America was awarded a U.S. Department of Labor Reentry Grant totaling $4.5 million, which will be used to expand its Skills, Opportunities, Achievement, and Responsibility program.

These grants give organizations the opportunity to develop methods that maximize participants' inclusion and integration into society, employment opportunities, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency. The funds will be used to address the full range of challenges faced by justice-involved individuals transitioning back to the community.

“I’m thrilled that this funding will come to the district to help this great organization continue its work bringing formerly incarcerated individuals back home successfully and without friction,” Kenyatta said. “This will help provide positive work and education opportunities to participants and enable them to become productive, responsible members of the community.

The SOAR program will expand to serve 570 additional participants, bringing the total number of individuals served to nearly 3,000 by 2022.

OIC of America is based in Philadelphia and operates as a national network of community-based organizations that focuses mainly on vocational training, job readiness, healthcare, education, reentry, and youth development.