Thomas Davidson - Enrolled in Helping Arms, Prisoner Reentry Program on November 30, 2009. We worked with him diligently in setting up his e-mail account and updating his resume to help him find employment. As a result, Tom is presently working two full-time jobs and has successfully completed his treatment program on January 25, 2010. He plans to purchase a new car and to enroll in college for Business Administration. Thomas was a first time offender and appears to be on his way to successfully reintegrating back into society. Helping Arms will continue to monitor his progress over the next twelve months.
Carl Mims - Enrolled in Helping Arms, Prisoner Reentry program on November 30, 2009. We worked with him on obtaining employment with Marriot Hotel systems as a Sous Chef. After working with his Helping Arms Employment Specialist on interviewing techniques and resume writing skills, Carl had two very good interviews and was offered a conditional position with the hotel chain. However, corporate denied him employment due to his previous incarcerations. Presently, we have placed Carl with Precision Acura and he has started work this week. He should successfully exit his treatment program in mid February, 2010. Helping Arms will continue to track Carl's success over the next year.
David Lipman - Enrolled in Helping Arms, Prisoner Reentry program on October 1, 2009. We worked with David in deciding how to best use his work experience prior to incarceration. He is currently working as an IT technician for Opportunities for All. He is excited about his work and his progress will be monitored over the next year.
" Seven months ago I was released from prison and homeless. I met the director of Helping Arms, Inc. who assisted me with receiving help from Mercer County Board of Social Services. Helping Arms gave me the support I needed to get my life back on track. They provided me with housing, referrals for medical issues, and vocatinal training. I now attend Mercer County Vo-Tech for automotive repair and am on my way to a career. Case managers at Helping Arms are always available to help me when I'm in a situation that I could not handle on my own. Helping Arms is my family."
- Program Participant
"I was homeless and stayed at the Rescue Mission where there was a bed for me. I learned about Helping Arms and they helped me move into transitional housing. I have my own bed now and don't have to worry about being homeless. Helping Arms staff really cares about me. A case manager was assigned to me and helped me resolve many problems. They helped me search for jobs and taught me computer skills so I can complete job applications. I am now moving into my own permanent room, been offered a job and continue to improve my life."
- Program Participant