Weekly Reader November 1, 2019
By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer
1. Pioneer Human Services Unlocks the Potential of the Human Spirit
By: Seattle Business, Rob Smith
"The Roadmap to Success program, which holds graduation ceremonies for a new class every month, is just one of many ways Seattle-based Pioneer helps formerly incarcerated individuals or those in recovery and need of treatment. The nonprofit itself runs a diverse array of businesses. It is a supplier to the Boeing Co.; offers a range of manufacturing services; runs a commercial kitchen that produces meals for a variety of clients; and operates a construction business that specializes in renovation projects for low-income housing providers. Last year the nonprofit, which recorded almost $83 million in revenue, produced more than 2 million aerospace parts, prepared more than 1,000 meals a day and helped build three housing centers in partnership with a dozen agencies. All told, it served almost 8,700 individuals. For Chief Executive Officer Karen Lee, the organization has fostered a deep understanding of the challenges facing those who’ve endured trauma, the need for nonjudgmental support and a second chance. Formerly incarcerated people are 10 times more likely to be homeless, and the unemployment rate for those with criminal histories is 27%, according to Prisonpolicy.org."
Read the full article here: http://www.seattlebusinessmag.com/editors-note/pioneer-human-services-unlocks-potential-human-spirit
2. 'Is This It?' Most Ex-Offenders Can Forget Job Advancement After Prison
By: KERA, Courtney Collins
"As I exited prison, I had made all these new plans for my life, and I found — virtually from the moment I stepped out of the gate — that there were many, many more barriers in place than I expected there to be.
I exited with no clothing that fit, so I was dependent on a community group that donated clothing. They gave me one outfit for church, one outfit to apply for work in and one outfit that I could wear, you know, at home. So, that was basically what I started my new life with.
You're immediately looking for work. I've taken a series of low paying jobs — I'll just say it, bad jobs — to just get started, to just get me back into the community. The first job that I had was $10 an hour. This was not enough to obtain an apartment — even if somebody had been willing to rent to me.
I actually stayed with that company for a few years and rose through multiple layers of roles within that company. Through that entire time, I never made the same amount as the other people in lateral positions."
Read the full article here: https://www.keranews.org/post/it-most-ex-offenders-can-forget-job-advancement-after-prison
3. Southern Dallas Thrives Turns One- and Receives a Big Birthday Gift
By: FWDDFW, United Way Dallas
"Pathways by PepsiCo Grant Supports First-of-its-Kind Dallas Center for Arts and Technology
The $1 million Pathways by PepsiCo grant will focus on workforce readiness and development programming for women in Southern Dallas. In partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Frito-Lay, The PepsiCo Foundation committed funding to Social Venture Partners Dallas to invest in a first-of-its-kind program for Texas, the Dallas Center for Arts and Technology (DCAT), and establishes Frito-Lay as a founding partner in the program.
With Frito-Lay as a founding partner in the program, DCAT is expected to open in a permanent location in spring 2021 and the location will bring a new resource to Southern Dallas providing:
• Free childcare for children up to five years of age • Immersing youth in the arts during after-school programming • Providing in-demand workforce training to adults, and more
While the permanent location is being secured and future renovations completed, DCAT will start pilot programming and workforce training at the headquarters of For Oak Cliff in Southern Dallas starting in spring 2020."
Read the full article here: https://fwddfw.com/southern-dallas-thrives-turns-one-and-receives-a-big-birthday-gift/
4.Quantifying Impact Alienates Nonprofit Employees
By: SSIR, Chana R. Schoenberger
"What happens to nonprofit workers when they are suddenly compelled to quantify and report the impact of their work? A new working paper by Julia Morley, an accounting lecturer at the London School of Economics, finds that social-sector employees can, as a result, feel alienated from their identities and their jobs.
To think about this problem, Morley introduces a new idea, which she dubs “description-value dissonance, which refers to the discursive deflection of an organization from its core objectives,” she writes. Nonprofits often require social-impact reports that use language imported from business, finance, accounting, and corporate human resources. This requirement causes employees to feel estranged from their own values and the purported values of their organizations.
Morley started to research this question as she was doing work on social-impact reporting. While nonprofit consultants, foundations, and other funders talked about business-style impact reporting in a positive way, the nonprofits receiving the funding and generating the reporting were much less positive about it, she says. What she found was a subtle problem."
5.Mental Health Care in the Midst of Tornado Trauma
By: Dallas Doing Good, Mary Martin
"The team at Mental Health America of Greater Dallas saw the destruction caused by tornadoes tearing through Dallas last Sunday night and knew there would be trauma to address. Because of their existing partnership with Dallas ISD guidance counselors, the first step to help is creating a mental health goodie bag for students from Walnut Hill Elementary and Cary Middle School, two schools that were declared a total loss due to their tornado damage.
Mary Kate Kohl, Development Director for Mental Health America (MHA) of Greater Dallas, connects deeply to the students who may be experiencing anxiety after the storm. “My first anxiety symptoms started in third grade, but my parents thought they were just little tendencies, like being afraid of food poisoning or my obsession with saving money in case there was another Great Depression,” shared Mary Kate. “It wasn’t until high school and I was out of school for a year with a series of illnesses that I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and was able to get treatment.” Now Mary Kate is using her personal experience to help others."
Read the full article here:https://www.dallasdoinggood.com/doing-good/mental-health-care-tornado-trauma