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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

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  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!!

  20. john lawrence
    john lawrence November 30, 2014 at 2:09 am | | Reply

    hello my name is John Lawrence and before making three trips to prison to figure out that my life in general was like a lost soul and lost alot of family and all my so called friends and most importantly the respect and visitation of children none of which ever crossed my mind over almost ten years. Since being out since 2010 I have done everything under god’s way with his word and also absolutely nothing illegal to be a better person for myself and all those still around me. As if currently losing both mother and father also my only grandmother all to simply be told that it is all fault of my own I will never make it to continue selling drugs and using because it’s all I would ever be worth this by employers,judges,and yes by supposed men and women of the lord.I was catholic and after being shunned out of three churches I returned to my grandmother’s church to be shunned also. There is one thing in the employment world and that is to run a restaurant,I was a general manager of the same truck stop for 8 great years before going into prison always being hired back upon released my boss was murdered well that also was lost but the one thing he taught me was every complete part of running his business with him and for him.He would come in once every 2 months and pick up his profits which were never less than 25 to 30.000 plus every time I ran everything besides the accounting is the only paid out expense.I do not want a gift only the chance to open run my own restaurant a backer or partner that will make plenty of money in return for their children and grandchildren to come. How do I know its all possible for me to do so well after 8 years of running a business buying equipment and all things needed for jimmy’s business that he never entered for more than a weekend every two months I personally sent his widow in Greece over an estimated 5 million dollars along with my pay that was over 1600,00 a week and I never embezzeled a dime I went to prson all three times for petty posession of marajuana never even a full joint at that but I deserved all I received it no less but is that not enough reason to start fresh or continue to have a life long condemnation for my 1 year old daughter and other children to never have or get any kind of support or see rehabilitation as I have been trying and will continue but the fact is that I can’t even find decent employment to support myself or anybody.My ways will never return I have lost enough with others I wish to employ have a legacy for my children and to keep employment for people like me open always.Thank you for your time and attention if only to read this God bless everyone he is real just believe.

  21. Donald Self
    Donald Self January 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm | | Reply

    I have recently found this page in hope that I can get some of the same answers to some of the question that I have just read. As a persons recently incarcerated (did 21 years) I feel we may have to do our own non-profit with the mind set that we all ( 2 million) would donate to it what ever we can in the area that you are in and then maybe a collective one for bigger projects. I say this because as you know or not there are more than 2 million of us either out on parole or on probation image if we where to donate just one dollar to a fund both on a local level or a national one the power we could wield as a collective would be more as an individual. This among many other reasons is why we are not allowed to have contact with each other. We must first realize that we are human beings not ex anything change what people call you. Then educate your self both on the inside and once your released. find out what you love and pursue it with a vengeance and let nothing or anyone get in your way. After that reach back and pull someone else up that we leave behind those walls we can break the cycle if we care to. If you have ideals please contact me at my email address I will be starting page on the latters for us soon. mean while each one teach one take baby steps then run but have a reason to run. Peace.

  22. Gerald Gill
    Gerald Gill June 28, 2015 at 8:19 am | | Reply

    I’m a released felon from Hobbs nm.almost 29 years done.also have serious mental illness.no one will hire me because of blackouts.I have a family,my wife and a nine month old baby girl.we have no income and are about to be evicted.no church or organization will help.no shelter will take us because we are on medicine.I’m losing my family and my will to keep trying.need help now. Please call Asap

  23. Gerald Gill
    Gerald Gill June 29, 2015 at 6:22 am | | Reply

    48 yr old male, with severe mental disabilities. released from prison after doing total of 29 yrs in three different states. I was released with no help at all, $50 and a bus ticket. no release program, no reentry preparation. I have been out for less than two years. no one will hire me, not even fast food. mostly because of my disability. I am now married with a 9mth old baby, with no way to pay anything. my only work is going to stand in front of Wal-Mart with a sign begging for work. we are about to be evicted, no church, no shelter, no programs will help us. when we become homeless they will most likely take our child. I am begging again for immediate help. had I known about the immediate help upon my release I would’ve done it. but now the help is gone. I fought hard for my freedom and my sanity now I’m fighting for my wife and my child’s life because they count on me. my wife also has severe disabilities, so her working is not an option. Please any advice or help to keep us together, safe and with shelter would be sincerely appreciated. But time is seriously an issue. I am begging as a father, husband and as a man who knows the wrongs I’ve done in life. I am trying very hard not to slip back into the pit I came from. Please understand anybody who has honest love for their family will make sure the best they can that the family’s taken care of. I want to do it in the right way, but it seems no one, not even the mayor of our town, Hobbs, NM, who I have talked to personally will help.

    Both myself and my wife have applied and are waiting for a decision on social security.

    If you have any advice I can be contacted by email.

  24. Philip Abney
    Philip Abney July 24, 2015 at 1:47 am | | Reply

    I am looking to find out how to receive a grant for elite welding academy. I’m a jobless felon trying to become a full-time welder.

  25. Amy
    Amy September 18, 2015 at 4:46 pm | | Reply

    My son has 2 felonies and has 2 strikes. He would like to go to school to be a barber but the school he needs to attend is private so it doesn’t qualify through FAFSA.. is there any funding out there to help him achieve this.? Oh and he also has full custody of his 5 year old daughter as well.
    Thank you

    1. Lui
      Lui February 5, 2017 at 10:21 pm | | Reply

      As a convicted ex felon I would love to get a grant and actually start a business. i just lost my last job because it moved and relocated out of state, im unemployed again and it’s difficult to find work cuz of my criminal background. I know that most programs are available to help out convicts, but it seems to be non-exsisted or just false advertisement always. So please just tell us if this is worth comment about or just waist of time. Lui T

  26. Bridgette
    Bridgette January 23, 2016 at 6:06 am | | Reply

    My fiance is getting ready to be released from prison. We are trying to find out where he may be able help with grants or funds to start a buisness and get training for selected jobs to support our family. it seems like ex convicted felons are looked down upon. But if they have did their time for whatever the crime, why do they have to be made to pay twice. Lack of support. Everybody deserves a second chance in life. can anyone help us?

  27. Jodi
    Jodi February 4, 2016 at 10:11 pm | | Reply

    I am a convicted felon but have never been to prison. I am looking for grants to help me go back to college since I can’t use my original degree. (secondary education) Have any suggestions?

  28. Melissa Morrow
    Melissa Morrow April 18, 2016 at 7:45 pm | | Reply

    My name is Melissa Morrow. I was released from parole 3/2015. I have been struggling with finding employment since. Have 3 yrs of college and yet cannnot get my foot in the door at even Mcdonalds. I have been a massage therapist since 1998. My license is expired. I made a good living doing massage. Had the ability to be financially independent. The state of Texas will allow me to get re licensed. There are opportunities in this field for me even with my black mark. I do not have the money for all of the licensing requirements. I live in Texas. I would appreciate any information you might have of agencies etc. that will help me. Thank you, Melissa Morrow

  29. Roman Gutierrez
    Roman Gutierrez January 13, 2017 at 1:06 am | | Reply

    My name is Roman Gutierrez I was released out of Arizona State Prison Complex August 2nd after serving 10 years and 4 months. I have certificates for HVAC, Carpentry, plumbing, and electrical. I had a job in commercial concrete but am no longer working because of construction slowing down in the winter. My problem is not having a drivers license its bad enough to have aggravated assualt charges and worse when you dont have a license because the jobs that would hire me can’t without. It. I talked to the people at city court about my traffic violations and sent a motion to the judge. These traffic violations that are holding me back were from 2003 when I was 15 years old Im 29 years old now.I need assistance and help with the grants you offer to get my drivers license and go to school and work.

  30. Jonathan
    Jonathan February 22, 2017 at 12:38 pm | | Reply

    Out on parole in August 2016. After doing 18yrs. CDL expired while incarcerated, need refresher course don’t have any money.What can I do?

  31. Laurie A Gervaise
    Laurie A Gervaise February 22, 2017 at 7:35 pm | | Reply

    I am a 55yr old disabled female who is going back to college to get a bachlors in psych/substance abuse. The problem is I want not so much to work in this field as I do to change the way we treat addiction and addicts in the United States. I currently live with my sister as you can’t live in NY state on $1,042 a month.Everytime I check out a grant or scholarship I don’t quite fit.Any suggestion would be appreciated>

  32. Sheldon Murry
    Sheldon Murry March 21, 2017 at 8:54 pm | | Reply

    The Grant is to start a Freelance Commercial Art business

  33. Nicole
    Nicole May 12, 2017 at 8:40 am | | Reply

    I have been out of prison for nearly a year now, and am considering furthering my education. Unfortunately in the state of Florida, the charges I have prevent me from getting any kind of student aid. Can you please point me in the direction of where to look for other opportunities available for someone in my situation? I have been working for ten months, and I just do not make enough to cover living costs and to get an education as well.

    Thank you in advance for your assistance.

  34. jewels
    jewels January 21, 2018 at 2:50 pm | | Reply


    I have a new friend who has been recently released after 8 years in prison. He is working on reestablishing himself and paying off his fees, but he is limited right now to a low paying job. I wondered if there are any re-entry programs/assistance for transportation so he can gain better employment. Do you know of any programs and/or companies that might participate in re-entry assistance for transportation issues?

    thank you for any help and information you can provide~

  35. nancy snodgrass
    nancy snodgrass February 7, 2018 at 8:46 am | | Reply

    my son has been out for a year. how can he get help and where?

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