Many offenders intend to become law-abiding citizens when they’re released from jail or prison but face an uphill battle to meet their basic needs. Project 180’s focus on clean and sober housing, job skill training, academic education, and establishing a supportive social network is a logical solution to the difficult challenges former offenders face when they reenter our communities.

Larry Eger
Larry EgerPublic Defender of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit

“If Florida is to become a safer place to live for all of our citizens, we must help those ex-offenders who mean to abide by the law in overcoming the many challenges they face upon release from incarceration. Staying clean and sober, getting a job and earning a living, having a driver’s license or other form of identity, becoming one with the civic standards of a healthy and stable community, and having a roof over our heads are all advantages many of us take for granted. Project 180 helps those returning to society from behind bars with all of this in a smart, intelligent, and community-supportive way. I endorse their program.”

James R. McDonough
James R. McDonoughformer Director, Florida Office of Drug Control.

Florida faces the daunting challenge of decreasing its already unprecedented prison population. One way to achieve this goal is to reduce recidivism of those prisoners returning home. Some of the the greatest needs an ex-offender faces upon release is that of employment and housing, which are not easily available to this population. Project 180 is a unique and innovative project that will afford ex-offenders the hope, compassion, skills set and the opportunity for restoration required to ensure a successful reentry. It is clear that Florida needs many more community projects like this one.

Vicki Lopez Lukis
Vicki Lopez Lukisformer Chair, Governor Bush’s Task Force on Ex-Offender Reentry

Strong Voices Lecture Series

Project 180’s annual luncheon lecture series, Strong Voices/Strong Subjects, will be rescheduled. Thank you for your patience as we negotiate October and November dates for our panel discussion with local Second Chance employers (October) and keynote address by Dave Dahl, namesake and founder of Dave’s Killer Bread (November).

Strong Voices explores timely reentry topics and features international, national, regional and local experts. Since its inception in 2014, the series has drawn almost 2,000 attendees and has featured speakers from over 20 institutions, agencies, and nonprofits including The Florida State University, University of South Florida, the Urban Institute, Virginia Tech, UMass Lowell, the Rockefeller University, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

“Celebrating Second Chance Employers

The Rewards, Challenges, and Incentives”

Remaining dates to be announced

Michael’s on East, Sarasota

New in 2020! 11:00 to 11:30 Registration and Networking

11:30 to 1:00 Program and Lunch

With sincere thanks to our partner The Boxser Diversity Initiative,

and 2020 Sarasota Sponsors

“Breaker of Chains”

The Koski Family Foundation

Community Foundation of Sarasota County

The Palm Avenue Wealth Advisory Group 
with Raymond James

“Game Changer”

The Boxser Diversity Initiative

Wendy and Jim Cox

Cadence Bank, NA

Roberts Hardwood Lumber Company

GCBX Gulf Coast Builders Xchange

“Change Agent”

Robert C. and Pamela Gore Meade

Tim and Myrna Murphy

Goodwill Manasota

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

“Futurist”

CareerSource Suncoast

“Innovator”

Paula Fishman & Jeff Sindelar

Wagner Realty

Barbara Richards

The Imagine Foundation

Inmate Encounter

IBERIABANK

PeopleReady

Sarasota Manatee Human Resource Association

Artefact Design

Our Mission: Project 180 seeks to reintegrate formerly incarcerated citizens into community life.

Our Vision: To reduce poverty, homelessness, unemployment and criminal behavior among formerly incarcerated citizens.

Our Programs Work

Residential Program

Our Residential Program is designed to meet the needs of citizens returning to the community from prisons and jails and to provide the tools they need to succeed.

Financial Literacy Course

After securing a job, a returning citizen’s next step on the road to success is financial stability.

CEO Workforce Education Program

Employment is one of the most critical factors in ensuring success as a mainstream citizen.

Project 180. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, WITHIN THE STATE, 1-800-HELPFLA (1-800-435-7352), OR VIA THE INTERNET AT WWW.800HELPFLA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. (Registration Number CH27315).
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