The Sheridan graduates used a variety of services related to jobs (coaching, case management, interviews, searches, placement, or simulated interviews), transportation (bus passes), computer labs, client supports, case management, and others (gift certificates, library, clothing.) (Figure 8).
The study participants that did utilize the external Safer Foundation program primarily used the job-related services. Some of the men found the employment services useful and some were able to secure an interview or employment. Their comments included:
“Got me jobs—three interviews first week home.”
“I think they are pretty good. They helped me find a job. If a person wanted help, they would have helped.”
However, others felt the services were not helpful because the Safer Foundation lacked resources. One man commented, “[I] didn't get a lot out of it. Found better job on my own. Jobs weren't in my area.”
Figure 8Safer Foundation service participation by type0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Job TransportationComputer labClient supportCasemanagementOtherPercent of sample
All interviewees were asked if there was anything the Safer Foundation could have done in order to make their reentry process after Sheridan more successful. Most said “no.” Their comments included:
“[Safer] was a great help in Springfield. They had my best interest in mind.”
*Of those in the sample who received Safer Foundation services, n=41
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