The Meaning Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to eliminating barriers to meaningful employment for the formerly incarcerated. We believe that an adaptive combination of foundational healing, workforce development and meaningful employment is the most powerful mechanism for enabling long-term human transformation and multigenerational socioeconomic impact.
The Meaning Foundation program model establishes scalable employment pipelines between human service organizations and enterprise employers. Our model is focused on three core areas:
1) Sourcing: We work in partnership with human service organizations that provide foundational healing to identify and source individuals who have overcome adversity and are now ready and able to face the unique challenges and stressors of meaningful employment.
2) Placement: Once sourced, we provide turn-key employment opportunities to our clients by working in partnership with enterprise employers who provide a living wage, a positive work enviornment, and opportunities for upward mobility.
3) Coaching: We support each participant by coaching them through a 6-month curriculum designed around employability, sustainability, and upward mobility to ensure their success and continued personal development.
Since February of this year, The Meaning Foundation has been successful in establishing three formal partnerships with large-scale enterprise employers and eight human service organizations. Through these partnerships we have sourced, placed, and are actively coaching 43 formerly incarcerated individuals who are now in positions of meaningful employment. Our participants have an overall 6-month retention rate of 87% - a striking comparison to a national 6-month retention rate of 40% for those coming out of prison with a job lined up. Our retention rate can be attributed to the coaching support that we provide to our clients.
Being able to place and support individuals into positions of meaningful employment has a tremendous positive impact not only on the individual, but also their immediate family and the larger community. The lives of the individuals are positively impacted as they are stably employed, able to reunify with their families, and continually engaged with the healing work that they began within their respective human service organizations. The community is positively impacted when its members are gainfully employed as these individuals represent a positive, tangible model of success for others.
We have a passionate team who is devoted to continuing this work.
Every dollar donated goes directly to helping an individual get and maintain meaningful employment!