|TAP Awarded Half Million Dollar Grant to Help Returning Citizens|
Roanoke, VA (April 23, 2021) - TAP has been awarded a grant that will allow it to assist a total of 120 individuals over three years in the counties of Alleghany and Rockbridge, and the cities of Covington, Lexington, and Buena Vista. The grant totals $552,095.00 and is from the Department of Justice as part of the Second Chance Act Community-Based Reentry Program.
Local leaders and the media are invited to attend a formal announcement and press conference on April 27 at 10 a.m. at Rockbridge Area CSB Main Office 241 Greenhouse Road Lexington, VA 24450, to learn more about the grant and how this new program represents an investment in the people of this region. TAP leadership, local dignitaries, and partner agencies will also be in attendance. ** Please be aware that face masks and social distancing are required for all in attendance in accordance with important safety guidelines.
The grant will be used to fund programing in these ways:
â€˘ The Second Chance grant will be used to serve 120 ex-offenders, or returning citizens, returning to the counties of Alleghany and Rockbridge, and the cities of Covington, Lexington, and Buena Vista with weekly pre-release classes in the two jails to prepare offenders for their release. Once released, TAP will host weekly support groups, and will also support clients with case management. Important services that TAP will provide to these ex-offenders that often make the difference in their success are assistance securing employment, housing and transportation.
â€˘ While TAP has long served citizens returning to these areas from jail, this grant will allow them to increase their services to work with more people. In addition, TAP will be able to go inside the jails to offer pre-release services that will make a great difference in the participantsâ€™ ability to successfully transition post-release.