Redemption Bridge is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit intermediary, governed by a board of directors, primarily comprised of business, educational, and civic leaders. The primary focus of Redemption Bridge is to develop formal, long term collaborative models that change the way our organizational stakeholders do business, thereby improving their efforts to serve the three populations designated in the current 8-year strategic plan for the Texas workforce system. We expect our models to prove successful in reintegrating Veterans, justice involved Youth, and justice involved Adults into family, community, and society, with the life skills to be successful, thereby reducing recidivism while assisting the workforce needs of employers in Texas.
One of the critical economic issues facing Texas today is the need to develop sustainable, scalable, replicable models of “talent pipeline’s”, capable of addressing the unmet demand for middle level STEM skill positions in high demand industry sectors. Although we are at record unemployment, these are sectors critical to our economy that cannot find enough skilled workers. As one example, in the logistic sector there are currently 10,000+ non duplicated job listings in Tarrant County and 14,000 in Dallas County.
Redemption Bridge directly interfaces with county, state and federal agencies to establish protocols and models for both pre-release and post release assistance. We do so to enable these agencies and our organizational stakeholders the opportunity to (1) pre-assess the need for employment, and other assistance needed, (2) enable pre-registration of individuals with the appropriate agencies and service providers in advance of the individual’s release; (3) establish pre-release access to training certification programs to enhance each individuals employability; and (4) establish sustainable demonstration models that assist local, county, and regional entities in successfully re-integrating these populations.
“A Second Chance/Second Career” can reduce recidivism, reduce the cost of incarceration, and support the job needs of thousands of Texas businesses, who often find it challenging to find an adequate number of employees with the middle level STEM skills needed. In our meetings with major employers and employment agencies, virtually all have agreed to support the project, citing an increased need for employees, and a willingness to hire veterans and those formerly incarcerated. The challenge we face is real. From our perspective, this initiative represents a call to action for all members of the private sector. It will improve Texas communities by eliminating barriers for all 3 populations, creating a pathway for a "A Second Chance/Second Caree
WHAT WE DO
Developing a sustainable, scalable, replicable model for reentry & reintegration for adult offenders, youth offenders, and veterans
Provide a Second Chance/Second Career
The primary objective of “A Second Chance/ Second Career” is to develop and institutionalize a methodology providing connectivity and linkage among state agencies, local government, and community stakeholders, enabling a collaborative approach, to resolve the primary challenges related to re-entry, focused on employment & training, housing, and integration with community & faith based organizations.
Developing Talent Pipelines
One of the critical economic issues facing Texas today is the need to develop sustainable, scalable, replicable models of “talent pipeline”, capable of addressing the unmet demand for middle level STEM skill positions in high demand industry sectors.
Given the significant, unmet demand for skilled individuals in a significant number of the Gulf Coasts' rapidly growing occupational sectors, it is apparent the model must extend beyond traditional two-and -four-year college students and current career changers. Therefore, Redemption Bridge is working with the staffs of Federal, State, and Local Agencies, to develop the connectivity and interaction necessary to ensure the model is inclusive of three undeserved populations in Texas, identified in the current state strategic plan; (1) veteran; (2) justice involved youth; and (3) justice involved adults.
A New Approach
Doing what you have always done, the way you have always done it, with the people and methods you have always utilized, and expecting a different result is not a strategy. Nor is it a realistic approach to resolve the challenge.
Redemption Bridge has taken a new approach; that of thinking differently about how we approach the challenge, by facilitating the connectivity necessary to re-allocate and realign the resources of the 8 state agencies that comprise the Texas Workforce System, and to establish the connectivity needed to develop a collaborative approach.
We are developing the "road map of connections" that must be in place to support the innovation and cultural changes needed for risk reduction and re-entry to become a way of doing business, rather than separate programs that must be administered by the respective state and federal agencies.