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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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Permanent home gifted to Blue Jacket

(link to the original http://www.journalgazette.net article) Published: April 3, 2014 3:00 a.m. An organization known primarily for helping ex-cons get jobs now has a permanent home. The Anthony Wayne Services Foundation announced Wednesday it has donated a 1 1/4 -acre campus, a 19,000-square-foot building and gardens to Blue...

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

April 2, 2014, FORT WAYNE, INDIANA The AWS Foundation generously donated 1 ¼ acre campus, 19,000 sq. ft. building, and gardens to Blue Jacket, Inc., a Fort Wayne-based non-profit serving the hard to employ. Blue Jacket has been leasing the building for the past two years, but the donation and ownership transaction were just...

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