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Box In: Could new law lessen ex-convicts’ job chances?

Journal Gazette Published by Editorial Staff Tuesday, September 5, 2017 (See original story here: http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/editorials/20170905/boxed-in)  Indiana's new ban-the-ban-the-box law is another of the many ways state government is taking away the power of individual communities to make their...

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Blue Jacket Holding Garden Produce Sale

Program teaches youths to grow vegetables organically By: Lisa Esquivel Long of the News Sentinel (See original Story here: http://www.news-sentinel.com/living/food/blue_jacket_holding_garden_produce_sale_20170830?profile=1016) Blue Jacket will hold its last produce market of the season 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Thursday to...

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Man’s story of violence and redemption on display at FWMoA

See full story here By: Kelly Roberts, Reporter  WANE.com FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A man who went to prison for 22 years said his life didn’t end with that sentence. It was just beginning. His story, and others like his, are being told at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. “I really like the colors,”...

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Ex-Cons Get Boost In Job Market From Fort Wayne Staffing Outfit

(link to original Indiana News Center article) Ex-Cons Get Boost In Job Market From Fort Wayne Staffing Outfit By Jeff Neumeyer November 27, 2012 ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- It's not easy finding a job these days. It's even harder when you're looking for work with a criminal background. But help is...

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New Digs for Blue Jacket

(link to original Journal Gazette article) Donald Fields II, right, alumni coordinator and property manager at Blue Jacket Inc., shows Daniel Goff the organization’s clothing bank during an open house Thursday at its new location, 2826 S. Calhoun St. Blue Jacket’s mission is to help adult ex-offenders become productive...

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Blue Jacket celebrates new location with ribbon cutting

(link to original Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce Emphasis Blog post) Chamber member Blue Jacket Inc. celebrated its new location at 2826 S. Calhoun St. with a ribbon cutting on Thursday. Blue Jacket is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide adult ex-offenders the tools and opportunities to become productive...

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Blue Jacket Officially Opens New Location

(Link to "Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick" original article) A Fort Wayne nonprofit that helps ex-offenders return to the work force has officially opened an expanded location. Blue Jacket Inc. cut the ribbon today on a new facility that includes a wood shop, tool bank and business incubator for alumni. Executive Director...

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Idle Hands into Able Bodies

(Link to Fort Wayne Reader original article) Tomatoes. Okra. Bell peppers. Jalapenos. Onions. Those are just a few of the things sprouting in a new urban garden on South Calhoun Street. But in addition to vegetables and flowers, hope and opportunity are growing, too. "Gardens are a wonderful expression of rebirth and renewal,"...

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Fort Wayne Nonprofits Receive Grants

(Link to "Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick" original article) The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, during the second quarter, granted a total of $700,969 in new awards to nonprofit agencies in Allen County. Selected grants listed below from the Clarke Endowment Fund and the Community Grantmaking Fund include:...

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