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  1. stacey gilmore
    stacey gilmore December 23, 2012 at 7:10 am | | Reply

    My name is Stacey, I am a 46 yr old woman recently released from prison. I have been out of prison for approx. One year and I am trying to find out what grants and or programs are available to me for re entry, education, housing etc. I currently reside in Tucson, Az. I currently receive food stamps and medcal, if that makes a difference as
    to. what is available. I would very much like to continue my education, maybe attend a trade school. I curently don’t even have a GED but did take preliminary tests and tested very high and was told I would pass it wth no problem. I would be very grateful for any and all information you may have for me.

    Thank you.
    Stacey Gilmore

    1. Brandon Patterson
      Brandon Patterson May 18, 2013 at 4:26 am | | Reply

      There are non profit organizations that are set up for the schooling you are looking for. Google search: Grants for reintergration of ex offenders. You should find lots of funding for your schooling. Good luck!!!

  2. marcus robinson
    marcus robinson March 19, 2013 at 7:50 pm | | Reply

    i need money for a home and to repair it i need some where to stay

    1. Brandon Patterson
      Brandon Patterson May 18, 2013 at 4:21 am | | Reply

      they have 3/4 houses and half way houses, etc but you have to be in the process of transitioning into it leaving prison or jail to get in you have to be accepted. You may have to find a friend or family member to lay your head at because the only other alternative is going to be the shelter. WE NEED HELP OUT HERE!!! Good luck keep your head up!

  3. danny hanks
    danny hanks March 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm | | Reply

    paroled after 20 years in prison only source of income S.S.I. would like to start tree service, and buy used home

    1. Brandon Patterson
      Brandon Patterson May 18, 2013 at 4:17 am | | Reply

      give your local non emergency number a call and tell them that you are trying to start a tree business and would like to obtain your business license for it. They will point you in the right direction. If you have any problems give them a call back and they will be more than helpful

  4. Robert Olivieri
    Robert Olivieri April 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm | | Reply

    I’ve been out of prison for approximately nine months. I’ve
    Worked a few different, jobs but my dream is to start my own moving business
    I need a truck ,& I’ll be all set to start work,I need a grant or a loan. Whatever i can get at this point. I just need a little capital to get the ball rolling in the right direction.

    1. Brandon Patterson
      Brandon Patterson May 18, 2013 at 4:13 am | | Reply

      All of us have the skills and the ability to run businesses if we are the reason while wall street is making money. Look at the last comment I wrote on this page because as a people we need to have knowledge of this

  5. cliff
    cliff April 24, 2013 at 7:40 pm | | Reply

    I am an ex con released 3 20 2000. I am certified in line clearance. which means I have been trained to trim and remove trees near power-lines,I did hold a foreman position for 5 years with a large commercial tree service ,but upon losing my job I found myself in the same position as I was when I left prison 13 years ago . no-one will hire me .I do have the training and experience to start my own business. I do not have the capital. Is there grants or help for me?

    1. Brandon Patterson
      Brandon Patterson May 18, 2013 at 4:11 am | | Reply

      We have to start raising money for our selves or its not going to be an outlet
      read my comment at the bottom of this page

  6. tamara wilson
    tamara wilson April 25, 2013 at 2:01 am | | Reply

    I ve being in prison for two years and lost my business I need a fresh start

    1. Brandon Patterson
      Brandon Patterson May 18, 2013 at 4:09 am | | Reply

      how did you go about getting funding for your business when you had it?

  7. Charles bates
    Charles bates April 28, 2013 at 2:14 am | | Reply

    I’ve been confined for 17yrs I’ve been gone since I was 18 an I need help going bac t school

    1. Brandon Patterson
      Brandon Patterson May 18, 2013 at 4:03 am | | Reply

      If you got your ged or your diploma you can apply for college. Just talk to an academic advisor to point you in the right direction. You should be able to get a pell grant and loan!!! University of Phoenix showing some love

  8. Wagner,John Matthew
    Wagner,John Matthew May 4, 2013 at 4:02 am | | Reply

    I have been out of prison for a couple years now. Now married and have a baby boy. I went to school and started my own business as an audio tech. I have three company’s are ready lined up. I just don’t have the capital funding to have stock, Or enough capital funding to help with rent till I get going well in business. I have a bank account, my EIN number, and my state tax ID. I just don’t have well credit to get a loan! Can anyone help me get what I need, and or help me put together what I need to get a grant. My contact information is my email address above and my business phone number is 5015459519. All I am trying to do is support and supply for me and family. Thank you for your time and help.

    1. Brandon Patterson
      Brandon Patterson May 18, 2013 at 4:01 am | | Reply

      Im doing the exact same thing you’re doing as well.

  9. vickie nails
    vickie nails May 9, 2013 at 9:50 pm | | Reply

    My name is Vickie Nails and Im 45 years old, I’ve been out of prison since April 09 on a drug charge and Im currently in job that im not happy with but i keep it to make ends meet. Since getting out of prison I’ve given my life to God and wish to live a better life. Im not a dumb person and know i can be any thing i chose to be but i just need the oppertunity to do so.Is there anyone out there that can help me go back to school so i truly lead a productive life.

  10. Brandon Patterson
    Brandon Patterson May 18, 2013 at 3:57 am | | Reply

    We are all in the same boat trying to get ourselves together and help seems limitless. You can get funding for schooling for a trade or degree, but that still doesn’t secure you employment. An individual could have knowledge of and be business minded and still will not get funded for a business. It’s clear that’s that the SBA and government do not give grants to ex offenders. Another avenue that really needs to be paved is, the possibility of felon friendly jobs to be generated along with the schooling and other programs that are direct help to put ex offenders to work making a salary decent enough to provide for their families and possibly make an avenue for themselves if there isn’t going to be a grant present for them. Most of these non-profits make like four times the money before a quarter of it is given out and that still isn’t providing “jobs”. Every year more than 650,000 ex offenders are released. So in 10 years that could be more than 6.5 million jobs filled.

  11. Carlos Davis
    Carlos Davis May 27, 2013 at 1:56 pm | | Reply

    My name is carlos davis. I jus got out of prison, i. I have taken alot of trade classes so my education is very good. I’m just in need of financial help to get back on my feet

  12. Tara King
    Tara King June 10, 2013 at 6:13 pm | | Reply

    I was wondering my brother is currently locked up is there any grants or services that I could find to help him?

  13. samantha bryant
    samantha bryant June 16, 2013 at 3:09 am | | Reply

    My name is samantha bryant im 27 yrs old and ive been out of prison for 10 month and am looking into going to cosmotology school and would like To know how to get a grant

  14. ben marshall
    ben marshall August 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm | | Reply

    i been to prison twice and im 22 years old, im trying to find a grant to help me get on my feet and possibly start a small bussiness.. can some1 please contact me at 563-271-9569 for more information or point me in the direction i need to find these grants for felons

  15. Latoya Martin
    Latoya Martin August 16, 2013 at 12:22 am | | Reply

    I am a student at Gateway Technical College, here in Racine,WI who is pursuing an education in Business Management. I am also working on a non profit organization at the same time, I just need funding to watch it grow from the ground up, as a solid foundation. I caught a felon back when I was only 22 years of age for Poss. of T.H.C. with the intent to deliver, I served jail time and I also received three years of felony probation. I am on a new path in life and am headed in the right direction, where I was before the drug era ever came about. I have been in connection with the labor union, working under Keith Kemper(b.a.) but, through the company Baumgart Mechanical also under, Ryan Turner. When hired, Keith Kemper told me that the particular company was only expecting to hire a Caucasian male for the job so, I should be grateful. While working there, I experienced hell on a whole ‘ nother level. From people telling me I worked Egyptian style to the boss coming around the corner as he zipped his pants up, asking me to go to pick up some old cardboard from the direction he had just come from and when I got to the area, I did just that but, the cardboard was wet,didn’t think nothing of it as I began to pick it up to take it out to a dumpster ,when my hand got wet and the substance was warm yet, I smelled my hand and that racist man had urinated on the cardboard ,laughing as he turned the corner ,while he zipped his pants and at that point in time I had noticed why he had such a smirk. I have also encountered a sheriff of Kenosha Co. sniff my ex fiancé’s panties as he searched our car as his partner watched and only shrugged his shoulders…and at the time there were two white girls with us, one got away with not going to jail and having a warrant ,the other got away with having paraphernalia from T.H.C. in her purse. And this is the society in which we reside. It is other things that I can give enlightenment on but, I am just giving you all and overview of the way things are not yet equal in modern civilization and I thought we as people had overcome years ago. The truth is, I just got back from WaterValley,MS and come to find out, one of my younger cousins had just recently been a worker in a cotton field, unbelievable what it still going on but, no one acknowledges these facts of life. I am in the business of gaining full control of my own life and obtaining a pardon, on behalf of, what I am beginning to achieve. And sadly someone has to do it. I am not only a minority, I am also a lesbian, a women(with less opportunity), a felon, and the truth of the matter is, My mother and I was abandoned by my Caucasian father, who Child Support never tested him even when my mother acknoewlegded him as my father in courts but, even though he showed up and my mother didn’t for personal reasoning he was still not tested and he has the nerves to have an occupation for the state of wi , but,the way in which they do every man in my family who are black without a tad of guilt that they were the donors, I can not picture the justice in this system either, the way they( at child support) had emailed me telling I was not in the database for WI, when I clearly was born here and possess a birth certificate. I started working very young but, due to the growth of temp agencies, and major lay-offs, I was never hired into a company nor worked long enough to even go to the dentist. Last Feb 2012, I suffered from drug induced bi polar with psychosis and was admitted to a hospital for around 30 days, well two weeks the first time I was let go, the doctor had given me something that completely changed my life(as I lost my fiancé over the situation for my bizarre behaviors during an episode I encountered from taking the med Geodon) but, I have been baptized don’t use drugs any longer and I have also made the Dean’s List last semester, here in school. For that I should receive a standing ovation. Life is much more precious to me now and I can’t begin to explain my appreciation of life and all the goodness it can bring to you when you set your mind on it taking place before you eyes. I am simply asking for the opportunity to better myself on my quest to travel the world promoting peace and giving people the opportunities they have never imagined could take place in the life of a minority ,felon, woman, the mis-treatment of elders, the enslaving of inmates, who also need a chance to live their lives under a second chance program I am also putting together with efforts to network with the D.O.C. and sign a contract for inmates to get out on gps monitored ankle bracelets, to be taught trades in construction, networking with the First Choice Pre-Apprentice Program, and rebuilding homes in poverty stricken towns and lower class communities, as the women will direct the children on mannerism and things that will prepare them for the futures ahead of them. This is possible to work anything to some may seem almost impossible to others. But, I don’t know (no one knows) that tomorrow is promised. So, we will also be teaching respect and knowledge in the things, that people in their 70’s and up had to encounter while growing up and how they have paved the way for us to become well-educated and become successful individuals. Not initiating hate in our people, just awareness that we have talent and multiple abilities. Thank you for listening. L.Martin

  16. Theophilus Hardy
    Theophilus Hardy November 5, 2013 at 6:43 pm | | Reply

    yes i read these comments, but i’m looking for grants that will help me get started in business, all i need is enough money to buy an tractor and trailer, my truck will be contract out with a good trucking company that will keep my truck running and it will make eight thousand or more a week. Please understand that i drove for thirteen years and i hope u will help get started in my own business, thank you for caring.

  17. Jordyn
    Jordyn January 22, 2014 at 10:52 pm | | Reply

    My boyfriend got out of prison November 27, 2013 and is looking to figure out how to get back on his feet. He is close to getting kicked out of his parents and needs money to get a place/car/etc. any suggestions ?

  18. Dwight Napier
    Dwight Napier June 10, 2014 at 11:43 pm | | Reply

    I am a disabled ex felon. I need help finding out how to obtain a grant to start up my own business. Is it possible for a man, under these circumstances, to get any help from the government or elsewhere? Also wondering if I’m eligible to get my felony expunged from my record? Thank you for your time.

  19. nate ward
    nate ward August 25, 2014 at 6:50 pm | | Reply

    This ordeal is so aggrevating!I know i placed myself in this mess,but now that im released i want to be a productive member of society and put the nightmare behind me.I just need a loan or grant to assist me in getting my class A cdl back. I owe tickets totalling almost 2000.00 dollars.I have six and one half years of OTR experience,pulling dry,reefer,and flatbed trailers for various major companies and O/O’S as well.Im also an eight year veteran of the US.Army,honorablly discharged,two good conduct medals along with numerous awards from wheeled vehicle operator to overseas ribbons. I made a few mistakes but i did serve the country proudly.SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!!

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