Mary King's Mission
King responds: "The gift cards are a tool we use to help those just out of prison and without an income to pay for incidentals while completing their pre-employment workshops." As for Jeff's sense that some people don't have their hearts in the program, she says, "That has not been our experience."
A more hopeful side of the program was on display last fall, when MPRI held a graduation ceremony at Washtenaw Community College.
At that point, King says, 215 men and women had received services from MPRI. "Of those, seventy-six have met our high standards for graduation"-which include finding or actively seeking work, completing the six-month case management program, and getting recommendations from their parole agent and case manager. Since then, another 297 have entered the program.