Graduates of Fedcap Inc.’s IMPACT program recently gathered at Citi Field to collect their certificates and celebrate their successful completion of the program. The evening was an opportunity for graduates to reflect and reunite with their mentors, coaches, and instructors. Thanks to special nonprofit pricing from The Mets, Fedcap Inc. was able to celebrate and enjoy a night out at the ballgame with hotdogs, hamburgers, and soft drinks.
The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) IMPACT program is for individuals leaving Department of Correction custody and helps releasees find sustainable employment, which in turn helps them positively reintegrate in the community. Fedcap Inc. enrolls voluntary participants through outreach to individuals and referrals from community partners. Once immediate needs for food, housing, healthcare and childcare, and transportation are assessed and resolved, the program offers skills training, workshops on re-entering the workplace and workplace culture, and job entry and retention services.
Tyrone Alexander, a graduate of the program, moved on from homelessness and instability to developing his culinary skills and in addition to holding steady work, he’s saving up for his own food truck. Demar Veitch gained construction skills and became a flagger at a work site in Queens, and the positive experience has given him the encouragement to apply to become a carpenter’s apprentice.