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Paroled forger returns to crime, prison

(link to original Journal Gazette article) Rebecca S. Green | The Journal Gazette Erin Clowser had been out of prison for only about six months. But it was long enough to run another fraud, this time by using another woman’s credit card. Clowser, 30, of the 700 block of Columbia Avenue, was sentenced Tuesday in Allen...

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Charity study:  Poor give ‘til it hurts’

(link to original Journal Gazette article including Blue Jacket graduate Jonta Powell) National report looks at patterns of philanthropy FORT WAYNE – How much people give to charity appears deeply tied to where they live, whether they are religious, how rich or poor they are, and – if they’re wealthy – how...

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Fort Wayne re-entry program gives second chance

(link to original WANE article and 2-minute video) FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Donald Fields, II., was in and out of the justice system for nearly thirty years. A native of Southern California, Fields moved to Fort Wayne in 2007. But, his move couldn't keep him out of trouble. In 2008, Fields was arrested, and in 2009, he pled...

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New Digs for Blue Jacket

(link to original Journal Gazette article) Donald Fields II, right, alumni coordinator and property manager at Blue Jacket Inc., shows Daniel Goff the organization’s clothing bank during an open house Thursday at its new location, 2826 S. Calhoun St. Blue Jacket’s mission is to help adult ex-offenders become productive...

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Blue Jacket celebrates new location with ribbon cutting

(link to original Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce Emphasis Blog post) Chamber member Blue Jacket Inc. celebrated its new location at 2826 S. Calhoun St. with a ribbon cutting on Thursday. Blue Jacket is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide adult ex-offenders the tools and opportunities to become productive...

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Blue Jacket Officially Opens New Location

(Link to "Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick" original article) A Fort Wayne nonprofit that helps ex-offenders return to the work force has officially opened an expanded location. Blue Jacket Inc. cut the ribbon today on a new facility that includes a wood shop, tool bank and business incubator for alumni. Executive Director...

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Idle Hands into Able Bodies

(Link to Fort Wayne Reader original article) Tomatoes. Okra. Bell peppers. Jalapenos. Onions. Those are just a few of the things sprouting in a new urban garden on South Calhoun Street. But in addition to vegetables and flowers, hope and opportunity are growing, too. "Gardens are a wonderful expression of rebirth and renewal,"...

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Fort Wayne Nonprofits Receive Grants

(Link to "Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick" original article) The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, during the second quarter, granted a total of $700,969 in new awards to nonprofit agencies in Allen County. Selected grants listed below from the Clarke Endowment Fund and the Community Grantmaking Fund include:...

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Downtown Larry

(Link to original article published in the Journal Gazette.) Seeing Larry Thomas Jr. tooling around downtown in a vivid green Kawasaki Mule, picking up trash, pulling weeds or cleaning up graffiti, is a common sight. Last week, downtown regulars very likely saw him driving a white pickup truck emblazoned with the Downtown...

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Agency Helping Ex-Offenders Bounce Back

The following was covered by Inside Indiana Business, with Gerry Dick:  The head of a Fort Wayne nonprofit that helps ex-offenders return to the work force says the program's success is attracting attention from around the state. Blue Jacket Inc. Executive Director Tony Hudson says the intensive four-week program helps...

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