There are approximately 600,000 women and men released from Prisons every year in the United States. The majority of these woman and men are totally unprepared for any job they may face. Many have little or no possessions and are returning to a family that is in severe need of help as well. Especially now during this pandemic (COVID-19).
To make matters worse, the unemployment rate for someone who was previously incarcerated is 5X greater than that of the general public, and this was before COVID-19 took hold.
A recent report titled." Out of Prison & Out of Work," released in July of 2018 showed that 27% of an estimated 5 million justice invovled individuals nationwide are unemployed. That's aproximately 1,350,000 woman and men. With the current unemployment soaring, the situation has only worsened for these individuals.
Unfortunately, a stark realization soon sets in for those with a prison record, and that is that there are two types of death in this world. One is the death that we all face someday. The other is financial death. The inability to support yourself and even worse, to support your children. It’s a walking death. One that erodes the mind and kills the hope we all have of a better life.
Even employers who are willing to hire a previously incarcerated woman or man admit, faced with the choice of that person or someone else they will usually skip over the person with a record.
Lack of job skills, training, guidance and even the knowledge of how to apply for a job, hinders our sisters and brothers who are returning every day to your community. Yes, your community. My community. All communities. A deep hole indeed.
So, how do we begin to fill it?
OBN Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, has structured a working re-entry model to help the previously incarcerated prepare for AND obtain not just jobs, but careers. Careers that offer family-life wages and an opportunity to grow.
OBN Foundation has identified an industry that has steadily increased year after year. This industry is the craft beer industry. Currently, there is a need within this industry for skilled employees.
OBN Foundation has designed an "earn & learn" apprenticeship program. Briefly, this program will offer the apprentice ( indidivual who is justice-involved) an educational curriculum provide by San Diego Statte University and a paid on-the-job training actual brweing facilities with experinced brewers.
OBN Foundation has aligned with several strategic partners to make sure this apprenticeship program is a success. They are Prison Break Brewery, Black Market Brewing, The Brewers Association, San Diego State University, Department of Labor, San Diego Workforce Partnership and Second Chance Program.
As the founders and members of OBN Foundation, we realize the importance of the old saying, “having skin in the game.” To date we have self supported this important cause with our time and our money, earned from our jobs as truckers, dishwashers and security guards. Our skin is diverse and it’s in the game. We will put our first apprentice through in the Spring semester of 2021 and are working on 5 more apprentices.
WE ARE NOW ASKING FOR YOUR HELP!
Every dollar is important. Every moment that passes is important. Every human, be it a donor or a student is important.
What will you accomplish by contributing to this humane crusade for your sisters and brothers? You will help replace unemployment, destitution and homelessness with jobs, homes and hope. That’s a huge value for your dollar. I don’t believe you can get a greater return on your money than that. To ensure that you see what each student/apprentice has accomplished, our website will provide timely updates on every step of the program.
Hope is as real as the human mind. Help is as close as the human hand.
You give your hand, and you give hope. Come with us and see what happens.