Cohort Helps Inmates Re-enter Society
LEVELING UP ON STRATEGIES
We hope that through the cohort, agencies can build their expertise and muscle so that they can step up to a new level. “For instance,” United Way’s Brundage said, “many are just shy of having the requirements to apply for United Way funding—they need an audit, or detailed outcomes on programming. We help them learn how to do those things.”
United Way has facilitated four past cohorts, each focusing on nonprofits providing more generalized services, Brundage said. “Three were focused in Southern Dallas, all in partnership with the State Fair, and the fourth was with grassroots organizations in Collin County, in partnership with Communities Foundation of Texas.” This year, we drilled down to a specific problem with far-reaching impact.
Not only does the cohort help nonprofits and, by extension, former inmates, Booker-Drew said it also helps the sponsors. It’s important to the fair, as a funding organization for more than 60 organizations annually, she said, “that we ensure that our agencies are sustainable, and have access to resources that can enhance their existing infrastructure.”
With each other’s assistance and counsel, cohort members hope they can boost their clients over those barriers—and help them start making strong strides toward happy, successful futures.
“United Way has been wonderful in believing in the vision to support these organizations. It’s been a great partnership and I’m grateful that we’re doing this work,” Booker-Drew said.
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This article was published on: Jul 15, 2020