Working at Chicago Animal Care and Control is more than a transitional job for READI Chicago participants, and it’s not just the animals that benefit from the relationship — the participants, many of whom have experienced violence and trauma, get just as much out of working and connecting with the animals.
In the lead-up to Labor Day weekend, staff from across the READI Chicago initiative gathered for games and food at a celebratory cookout and reflected on the evolution of the program and the importance of cognitive behavioral therapy and jobs.
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 June 30, 2019
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