In 1980, Cross Lutheran church formed Project RETURN to address the challenge of high recidivism in Milwaukee. For 40 years, our organization has walked alongside ex-incarcerated people by providing assistance with employment, housing, and counseling. We help men and women leaving prison make a positive and permanent return to the community.
Often people come to Project RETURN in a time of crisis, not looking beyond their immediate needs. Our experienced staff members—most of whom are formerly incarcerated individuals—work one-on-one with clients, helping them to navigate through the moment and then to look beyond that situation to “next steps.”
Whether a client needs assistance with housing or simply someone to vent to, they are welcomed at Project RETURN.
“We don’t treat people like they are criminals. We treat people like they are humans,” said Teri Woodley, the Office Manager.