Modeled after a California nonprofit that has successfully assisted thousands of reentrants, we’ll offer two years of residency, job skill training, academic and financial education, volunteer opportunities in the community and more.

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

Who?

Initially, residents will be men. Preference will be given to repeat offenders returning to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit who have expressed or demonstrated a commitment to changing their lives. No individual will knowingly be admitted with a history or record of a crime against a child, sex crime, arson, major mental health disorder (except depression and/or anxiety) or Hepatitis A. Applicants will be interviewed by a team of former offenders and the CEO. The Office of the State Attorney of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit has offered to help vet applicants.

What?

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

Featuring the known factors that help stabilize former offenders’ lives, the Residential Program will offer:

  • Two years of full-time, stable residency

  • Full-time employment

  • Training in marketable job skills 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 two-year program for men 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 timeline for opening this program is dependent on raising the funds necessary to ensure the successful opening and on-going operation of the program.

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 former offenders a second chance.

WHAT’S IN PLACE NOW

FUNDRAISING

A $25,000 matching funds opportunity has been offered by a generous donor. To date, we have reached 69% or our goal.

CLOTHING, FURNITURE, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

We have begun collecting items for the household.

EMPLOYMENT

A local company has guaranteed full-time employment for six residents at $14.50 (with forklift certification) or $8.60 (without forklift certification) with time and a half for overtime. Goodwill Manasota will provide the opportunity for our residents to be certified in forklift safety.

RESIDENTS

Two of our three future Senior Residents (house managers) have been selected. We are currently seeking one more Senior Resident to join the team.

SUSTAINABILITY PLAN

The residents of the San Francisco-based program generate over $20 million annually through their business training schools (schools that operate as business enterprises), a strong indicator that individuals who have been 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 donations. This business/training school, a food booth at local farmer’s markets and street festivals, can be built while residents hold full-time jobs.

  • 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 Needed

Please note that this program is not yet open. We welcome contributions designated for the Residential Program. Thanks to the generosity of a private donor, matching funds are currently available for the Residential Program up to $25,000.

$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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