The Foundation for Continuing Justice and The Expungement Clearinghouse are making donations totaling $2,000 to three incredible organizations that support second chances for former offenders and provide job training to disadvantaged people.
Taller San Jose Hope Builders is based in Santa Ana, California. The non-profit was founded in 1995 by Sister Eileen McNerney, a member of Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Hope Builders empowers disconnected young people, who are in danger of not reaching their full potential, with the job training and life skills needed to move out of poverty and achieve enduring personal and professional success. A $1,000 donation will be made to fund an Amigo Scholarship.
The University of Utah College of Law’s Pro Bono Initiative (PBI) is a one-of-a-kind noncredit volunteer program that provides students with the opportunity to build real world problem-solving skills in the service of their community. The PBI has a long tradition of helping former offenders return to the court to receive judicial clemency through criminal record expungement. A $500 donation will be earmarked to fund programs that continue this tradition.
Founded in 2010, the Unlocking DOORS Texas Reentry Network (“Unlocking DOORS”) is a comprehensive statewide diversion and reentry brokerage network that is committed to reducing crime and the ever-escalating fiscal impact to the State of Texas and its communities through coordinated collaboration, partnership, public awareness, reporting of evidence-based data and predictive trends, education, and training. A $500 donation will go towards program funding.
The Foundation for Continuing Justice is a non-profit project that provides free resources to former offenders. The Expungement Clearinghouse is a partnership formed by leaders in the background check and screening industry. The two entities work have been working together since 2013 to help solve the complex problem of judicially cleared records continuing to appear on private sector background checks.