Coinciding with the launch of WTTW Digital’s “Firsthand: Gun Violence” series, READI Chicago and WTTW hosted a screening and community panel event focused on the people working on the front lines of violence prevention in Englewood and Auburn Gresham.
November 16-24 is Homelessness Awareness Week, and through our work with READI Chicago, we have seen what a huge barrier housing can present for the men we serve and returning citizens in general.
READI Chicago relentlessly engages men most highly impacted by gun violence through employment in paid transitional jobs, cognitive behavioral therapy and support services in order to help them create a viable path for a different future, and to help reduce violence in the city’s most impacted neighborhoods.
Participants engage in 18 months of paid transitional employment with regular participation in cognitive behavioral therapy, skill-building, and support services, plus an additional six months of follow-up case management and coaching support.
The program launched in fall 2017 through a collaboration with six local partner organizations.
We are evaluating the program to test whether it works, and we have a goal of employing 750 men by summer 2020.
Data as of September 30, 2019
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