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With new eyes and a new heart for each client, a local nonprofit is working to help those who struggle with a unique set of challenges — the kind that test trust and patience, but overcoming can make all the difference.

The work done by the staff at Midland Community Former Offenders Advocacy and Rehabilitation is a special outreach aimed at helping former offenders learn how to take care of themselves without breaking the law again.

“People don’t offend on a schedule, they do so when a circumstance occurs,” said Rob Worsley, program director for the nonprofit MCFOAR, 1415 Washington St.

Read more of this article by the Midland Daily News.

  • St. John’s Episcopal Church Endowment Committee for Work Force Development and Housing: $15,000
  • Dow Corning Donor Advised Fund, thru Midland Area Community Foundation for Work Force Development: $8,000

  • First Baptist Harlow Fund: $1,000.00
  • Midland Area Community Foundation: $19,436.00
  • Dow Chemical Donor Advised Fund (MACF): $7,500.00
  • Blessed Sacrament Christian Services: $2,750.00
  • Doan Family Foundation: $2,000.00
  • Zonta Club: $900.00
  • The Midland Community Former Offenders Advocacy and Rehabilitation program has received a $20,000 grant from the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation. Rob Worsley, program director of MCFOAR, recently said he received notification of the grant. “They’ve stepped up the last two years to support the program,” Worsley said, referencing an identical grant that was awarded by the foundation last year. The grant will be used to continue providing housing and rental assistance, behavior assessment and modification, and more. MCFOAR, which partners with the Caregiving Network, assists former inmates with obtaining housing, employment and other basic needs. The more those needs are met, the less likely former inmates are to revert back to their old ways, Worsely said.

    The Midland Community Former Offenders Advocacy and Rehabilitation program has received a $19,346 grant from the Midland Area Community Foundation. Rob Worsley, program director of MCFOAR, said the grant will fund two new programs: Alternatives to Violence and Character First. Alternatives to Violence seeks to change the behavior of domestic assault offenders. In the past, it was operated by Shelterhouse. Character First involves 49 character qualities that are focused on reducing risk behaviors of former offenders. MCFOAR, which partners with the Caregiving Network, assists former prisoners with obtaining housing, employment and other basic needs.

    Worsley can be reached at (989) 832-8533

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