The Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida counties received $1.5 million. The executive director says this grant will help provide employment and support services for previously incarcerated women and girls.
"Most of these women that are returning do so with very few resources. So this helps give them a chance because they get to take care of themselves and become self-sufficient, but it's a great opportunity for the community too because these people are less likely to re-offend," says Alice Savino, Executive Director of Workforce Investment Board.
About 300 women and girls will benefit from this grant. Savino says providing guidance and support in addition to job training will give them the stability they need to re-enter the community.