BtC began our community development work committed to identifying and learning from the community about the most pressing service gaps, then focusing on those well. We quickly saw prisoner re-entry needs. However, we placed high value on programs with confirmed participants and community impact. 70×7 Life Recovery, based in Holland, is that program.
Effective prisoner re-entry is a gap in Muskegon, and BtC is promoting 70×7 Life Recovery Muskegon. 70×7 Life Recovery Muskegon will bring dignity, purpose, and hope to incarcerated citizens returning to Muskegon.
In partnership with 70×7 Life Recovery of Holland, www.70x7liferecovery.org, Muskegon’s is the first replication of this Michigan program with a proven participant recidivism rate. There is a strong alignment of our missions, and it’s time for this work in Muskegon.
Muskegon County’s incarceration recidivism rate exceeds the Michigan state average of 34%. It’s time to have an intentional prisoner re-entry program here, one modeled after the employment and mentoring elements that drive the 70×7 Life Recovery success rate of 6.4%.
70×7 Life Recovery Muskegon is Christ centered, job anchored prisoner re-entry programming. As the first to partner with the Holland anchor organization, we will use the Serving Together work readiness environment and one-on-one mentoring coaches to support returning citizens through life’s roadblocks and help ensure their success. The New Day Staffing temporary employment services designed specifically to place workers with a felony record is already operating successfully in Muskegon County.
You and I want a community where every citizen and neighborhood flourishes.
Effective outreach and service to those incarcerated and returning and their families has never been a more important issue. It’s time.