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Blue Jacket Graduate Featured on “21Country”

(See the original video and story on 21alive.com) Local Agency Provides the 'Straight and Narrow' By Eric Olson April 28, 2016 FORT WAYNE, Indiana (21Alive)--It’s been a hard life for 26 year old Kertina McCoy but things have gotten better fast. Kertina grew up in an abusive household with an alcoholic...

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Art gallery showcases second chances

(Watch the interview on Wane.com here.) FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Two groups have teamed up to showcase an art exhibit that highlights heartache and triumph. The Second Chances Exhibit and Fundraiser will feature several people in the community who have earned their second chance at employment and life. Thirteen local...

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Second Chances Art Exhibit Tells Powerful Stories of Triumph and Redemption

In Artlink's main gallery on March 11th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, the Second Chances Art Exhibit and Fundraiser will highlight Fort Wayne residents who have successfully earned their second chance at employment and at life.  Thirteen (13) local contemporary artists were paired with thirteen (13) Blue Jacket graduates to create...

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AWS Foundation Hands the Fantasy of Lights Bulbs Over to Blue Jacket

AWS Foundation Hands the Fantasy of Lights Bulbs Over to Blue Jacket Northeast Indiana’s most popular holiday event, Fantasy of Lights will have a new host organization; Blue Jacket, Inc.  AWS Foundation and Blue Jacket are not strangers to one another.  The relationship began several years ago when the former...

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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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