CONTACT: Shine Adams
913 370 2005
sun cedar amps up unique reentry program
Sun Cedar and Douglas County partner to aid vulnerable workers
Lawrence, KS, March 21, 2016 –“ I never had a chance before. Sun Cedar gave me a chance, and now I see that working for them, is really working on myself,” says Abraham White Weasel, now shop manager at Sun Cedar after overcoming a lifetime of hardship and homelessness.”
Successful reentry into society after incarceration has had a historically poor rate of success: without intervention, as many as 70 percent of ex-offenders are rearrested within three years of release. Sun Cedar addresses this issue with a holistic work program that empowers this vulnerable employee population by giving them a chance to work, with a strong focus on training and skills to secure steady mainstream employment.
With a successful Kickstarter campaign in May 2015, Sun Cedar re-tooled their shop, upgrading the equipment used to make Sun Cedar’s signature ornamental cedar air fresheners. This upgrade proved to be highly successful and the Sun Cedar program has thrived in the year since.
As a result of this success and forward movement, Sun Cedar is now partnering with the Douglas County Sheriff’s and Penn House, a well-known local charity. The new space at Penn House is just two blocks from the courthouse, this allows employees to easily manage any legal issues and gives them access to Reentry case management, resume building, GED tutoring, and other classes tailored to help them reintegrate into society.
Director, Shine Adams is enthusiastic to start the next big push: a second crowdfunding campaign with a goal of $75,000 in April 2016. A big goal? You bet. But, Sun Cedar needs big goals to keep growing and serving this vulnerable population. The $75,000 will go towards keeping the lights on and doors open at the new Penn House, office and shipping space, two full-time positions for a year and more.
For additional information, please contact Shine Adams, Director of Sun Cedar.
Shine Adams 913 370 2005 email@example.com