Modeled after a California nonprofit that has successfully assisted thousands of reentrants, Project 180 offers up to two years of residency; help with food, clothing, transportation, and fines; volunteer opportunities in the community and more.

This is a high-impact, long-term program offered to a small number of formerly incarcerated men to assist each in changing the trajectory of his life and, by extension, the lives of his family members.

Project 180 currently works exclusively with our local Drug Treatment Court which recommends candidates for residency and provides recovery support and treatment.

Who?

All of our residents are formerly homeless, formerly incarcerated men in active recovery. Most have been diverted to our program instead of going to prison. Each man is recommended by our local Drug Treatment Court or our current residents and has demonstrated a commitment to changing his life.

No individual will knowingly be admitted with a history or record of a crime against a child, a sex crime, arson, or major mental health disorder (except depression and anxiety).

Prior to admittance, applicants are interviewed by the Project 180 team and may be vetted by the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Office of the State Attorney and Drug Court.

This program has been made possible through the generosity of an Anonymous Donor, Project 180’s Founder’s Circle Members, Carlson Studio Architecture, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, The Koski Family Foundation, Hudson’s Furniture, Mattress Firm, The Palmer Family Irrevocable Trust, The Schiedel Foundation, The Semrod Family Foundation, SunTrust Bank Foundation, and hundreds of individual donors like you.

What?

Project 180’s comprehensive, whole-life Residential Program is our best opportunity to turn lives around.

Our program assists residents in stabilizing their lives. We offer:

  • Up to two years of full-time, stable residency

  • Full-time employment

  • Access to marketable job skill training and small business operation

  • Business incubation support

  • Academic education

  • Support for sobriety

    with access to medication-assisted treatment when available and medically advised

  • Introduction to the arts, humanities, and mainstream cultural life

  • Giving back

    volunteering and mentoring opportunities

Our program is modeled after a San Francisco-based nonprofit that has been successfully reintegrating returning citizens for over forty years. Known as the gold standard in reentry programs, it was designed by and for formerly incarcerated individuals.

When?

The Residential Program opened in May, 2018 and is currently in Phase Two.

PHASE ONE (Pre-opening):

Raise funds, establish partnerships.

PHASE TWO

Open residence and first business training school.

PHASE THREE

Open second six-man residence. Increased reliance on business training schools.

PHASE FOUR

Open Residential Center for twenty.

PHASE FIVE

Scale the program—open Residential Center in a second judicial circuit.

Where?

Why?

To provide formerly incarcerated men a chance to stabilize themselves, live principled lives in recovery, and join mainstream society.

FEATURING

COMPREHENSIVE

Taking a whole-life approach, Project 180 identifies each man’s needs and works with him to achieve his goals.

ROOM TO GROW

In order to give each individual plenty of privacy and space, our residence is limited to six individuals.

ESSENTIAL NEEDS

Nutritious food and gently used clothing are provided for each resident. Transportation is provided whenever possible to help residents meet their obligations.

RECOVERY

Our residents are dedicated to recovery and adhere to Twelve Step principles. Residents attend Twelve Step meetings on a regular basis.

SUSTAINABILITY PLAN

The residents of the San Francisco-based program after which Project 180 is modeled generate over $20 million annually through their business training schools (schools that operate as business enterprises), a strong indicator that individuals who are justice-involved can be strong economic drivers in their own communities.

At the earliest opportunity, Project 180 will open its first business/training school to lessen our dependence on grants and individual donations.

Project 180 does not seek government funding.

  • Multiple opportunities for marketable job skill training, engagement and advancement: marketing, inventory, ordering, cash control, food safety and sanitation, food preparation, cooking, customer service, sales

  • No initial investment in bricks and mortar. Scale to next level if and when appropriate (catering, underground dining club, bricks and mortar)

  • Medium to high profit potential

  • Source of revenue for the Residential Program

  • A unique foodservice concept in the Manasota area; industry experience

  • Ready-made customer base at farmer’s markets, street fairs, festivals. Non-residential venue

  • Low initial investment

  • Positive public exposure for Project 180’s Mission

Funding

Residents contribute a Program Fee weekly which covers approximately one-half of the cost of their program.

Sustain this life-saving program by donating today.

$200,000 – $230,000
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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