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Second Chance Program Expands

(Link to original article in the Journal Gazette - April 05, 2015 1:03 AM) Frank Gray When a local outfit called Blue Jacket opened its doors back in 2005, the goal was to take people with criminal records, teach them the ways of the real world, help find them jobs and watch what happened. The program was a no-nonsense one....

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Blue Jacket Awarded City Facade Grant!

(link to original article in The Journal Gazette from March 25, 2015 1:03 AM) City awards 8 firms grants for facades Dave Gong The Journal Gazette 2015 grant recipients • Doolittle Electric, 2046 S. Lafayette St. • Belmont Beverage, 4308 S. Anthony Blvd. • Blue Jacket, 2826 S. Calhoun St. •...

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Job-training agency basking in success, new-found financial stability

(link to original article in The News-Sentinel) Job-training agency basking in success, new-found financial stability Blue Jacket training helps keep offenders from returning to prison By Kevin Leininger of The News-Sentinel A year ago, a local agency that provides job training and other services to ex-offenders was fighting for...

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Organization helps decrease number of people returning to jail

(link to original WANE-TV video) FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – As Indiana steps up its efforts to give felons a second chance, one local organization is chipping in and fighting crime one graduate at a time. Blue Jacket in Fort Wayne offers a re-entry program for ex-offenders, the homeless, veterans, and others. In July 2013, a...

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Blue Jacket, Inc. Has Bigger Impact on Crime Reduction than Ever Predicted

August 6, 2014, FORT WAYNE, INDIANA— The nine-year old Blue Jacket, Inc., a Fort Wayne-based nonprofit, had only 9% of its graduates with criminal backgrounds return to crime and a 66% employment rate within three months of graduating the 4-week training. For Blue Jacket, recidivism is defined as those that return to prison for...

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Waterfield Foundation Grants Tuition For Entire Class

Waterfield Foundation helps Blue Jacket, Inc., advance its privately-funded programs by granting the tuition of an entire class of disadvantaged job seekers. FORT WAYNE, INDIANA—  July 11 at 4:15 PM a class of twelve students celebrated their graduation from a Blue Jacket’s job training, with supporters and...

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Blue Jacket Garden Helps Ex-offenders and Community

(link to original WANE-TV video) FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Blue Jacket Inc. is starting a farmers market and community garden just south of downtown Fort Wayne in the Calhoun Street corridor. The organization helps ex-offenders re-enter the community and work toward employment. The gardens are planted and maintained by graduates of...

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CANI, Blue Jacket partnership expands employment training

(link to original article in Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly) Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014 11:00 pm | Updated: 7:29 am, Fri Apr 4, 2014. By Linda Lipp llipp@kpcmedia.com When the board of directors of Community Action of Northeast Indiana decided that organization should get more involved in employment training and...

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AWS Foundation Donates South Central Campus to Blue Jacket, Inc.

(link to original story and audio on http://nipr.fm) By Virginia Alvino The Fort Wayne nonprofit Blue Jacket, Inc. no longer has to pay rent. The AWS Foundation donated a quarter acre campus to the workforce training organization last week. Blue Jacket had been leasing their 19,000 square foot building for two years.The building...

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AWS Foundation donates campus to Blue Jacket Inc.

(link to the original http://www.news-sentinel.com article) News-Sentinel staff report Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:13 am Blue Jacket Inc. now owns the 1¼- acre campus and 19,000-square-foot building it has occupied at 2826 S. Calhoun St. since 2012. The donation by the AWS Foundation is the largest donation to the...

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