Creating a sustainable model program to reduce recidivism among incarcerated women

The Foundation's Local Initiative Funding Partners Program is a matching grants program designed to establish partnerships between the Foundation and local grantmakers in support of innovative, community-based projects that improve health and health care for underserved and vulnerable populations.With a curriculum based on a microenterprise model that teaches skills in business, healthy decision-making, communications and leadership, a multi-agency coalition aims to reduce recidivism among incarcerated women by promoting self-sufficiency and economic independence. Women may enroll up to two years prior to release and work with peer navigators (who were themselves formerly incarcerated) to bridge the pre- and post-release period. This grant fosters a multi-pronged approach to re-entry that spans economic development, criminal justice, social service and public health systems.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $499,939.00

Awarded on: 6/23/2010

Time frame: 7/1/2010 - 8/31/2014

Grant Number: 67938


Mercy Enterprise Corporation d/b/a Mercy Corps Northwest

43 S.W. Naito Parkway
Portland, 97204-3569


Douglas Cooper
Project Director


Julie E. Maher
Project Director