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Welcome Home Party
September 10 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Local Orgs Partner to Host a Celebration + Provide Connections to Resources to Formerly-Incarcerated Community Members and Their Families
A party and fair-chances hiring event for formerly-incarcerated community members, their friends, and their families. The Welcome Home Party is an opportunity to celebrate our shared humanity and connect with people coming back into the community. This free event is hosted by Art from the Inside, Ujamaa Place, Repowered (formerly Tech Dump), and Ramsey County. The Fair Chance Hiring Job Fair is sponsored by Ramsey County Workforce Innovation Board.
There will be free food, music, entertainment for kids (face-painting, games, and more!), and resources and Fair Chance employers to make it easier to navigate all of the re-entry resources in our community.
The event is open to the public, specifically geared towards those returning to our community after incarceration and their friends and family members, families of those incarcerated, and organizations supporting returning citizens. More information on event co-hosts is below.
No cost for entry, but RSVP is requested for planning purposes: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/welcome-home-party-tickets-400886310747
ABOUT WELCOME HOME PARTY HOSTS:
ART FROM THE INSIDE:
Art from the Inside was founded by Antonio Espinosa as a way to foster transformation, healing, and forgiveness after his friend Joseph Gomm, a corrections officer at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater, was killed by an inmate. The tragic death had a deep impact on both staff and inmates. Inspired to create change, Antonio began working with the administration and the broader community to bring educational and cultural events inside the walls, which proved to be successful for both officers and the incarcerated. Next, Antonio started looking at other ways to help bring the community together, and Art from the Inside (AFTI) was born. Art from the Inside allows incarcerated artists to express themselves —giving them a visual voice. AFTI will be exhibiting its art in the community with the hope of inspiring community dialogue about the complexities of our criminal justice system.
More information at www.artfromtheinsidemn.org
REPOWERED (formerly Tech Dump/Tech Discounts):
Repowered is an industry leader in electronics recycling. One of the largest collectors of e-waste in Minnesota, this Twin Cities-based organization has processed almost 40 million pounds of electronic waste—all while adhering to the highest data security standards. In addition to its proven track record of providing seamless electronics recycling services for businesses and organizations of all sizes, Repowered also offers refurbished tech items at affordable prices. The organization prioritizes an important environmental and social mission by providing jobs and training for persons facing barriers to employment while keeping unwanted tech items from entering landfills. This dual mission is rooted in the belief that everything and every person has value. More information at www.getrepowered.org
Ujamaa Place provides holistic transformation for young African-American men experiencing inequity at the intersection of race and poverty. They help them achieve brotherhood, stability, and personal success. Since opening its doors in 2010, Ujamaa serves primarily African American men aged 18-30 from the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area, who enroll at no cost in Ujamaa Place’s Theory of Transformation™, providing them with over 37 transformation support services to build positive lives for themselves and to move into contributing roles in society. More information at www.ujamaaplace.org
RAMSEY COUNTY WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS
Workforce Solutions prepares job seekers to be competitive in the local job market. Career development and coaching services include assessments, basic skill development, occupational skills training, job search support, and placement. Whether an individual is getting their first job or exploring mid-level career changes, Workforce Solutions helps people reach economic self-sufficiency and improve their families’ quality of life. More information at www.ramseycounty.us
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