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Roots of Renewal is a startup non-profit committed to holistic solutions for the root causes of violence and poverty, including reintegrating formerly incarcerated neighbors back into their community. It is dedicated to increasing access to services and employment in Central City, creating equality of opportunity, reducing violence, and promoting peace. Eventually, Roots of Renewal hopes to see Central City be released from its entanglement in cycles of violence and crime and be revitalized.
The initial Brick by Brick project, set to launch September 1, 2015, is a reintegration program that also addresses neighborhood needs. Roots of Renewal will buy a blighted property in the Central City neighborhood and employ returning neighbors aged 18 to 24 to renovate this property. Over the course of four months, the clients will spend time learning valuable job skills in construction. Perhaps more importantly, they will spend this time learning the soft skills that are necessary for any job, such as timeliness, teamwork, and workplace etiquette. The participants will also be referred to other existing organizations for drug treatment, GED classes, mental health needs, and other necessary services to ensure successful reintegration.