Project RETURN

Project RETURN "Project RETURN helps men and women leaving prison make a positive and permanent return to our community"
- Wendel Hruska, Executive Director
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Check out our website for more information, videos, news, and success stories! http://www.projectreturnmilwaukee.org/index.html

Operating as usual

07/09/2021

Virtual interviews with Capri Communities - July 8th @ 11:00 am. - RSVP today! Carrie Diener - 414-270-1739 or [email protected]

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07/09/2021

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07/09/2021

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Taking the first step is always the hardest part. WRTP/BIG STEP is committed to making the culture of Wisconsin’s workforce accessible, inclusive, and diverse by offering participants training based on industry needs. See what a difference an industry-led, worker-centered philosophy does for you: call (414) 342-9787 today.⠀⠀

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07/09/2021

Join the Industry leader in metal food packaging. Want to know More? Visit www.silgancontainers.com or click the Job links and apply today. To register for the virtual event, visit https://bit.ly/3haeX17
#Electronic Technician
#Coater Mechanic
#Production Worker

07/08/2021

We will be on-site at MacLean Fogg in Menomonee Falls on Thursday. Stop by and see us! We have temp-to-hire openings on all 3 shifts.

Can't attend? Email your resume to [email protected]

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07/08/2021

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It's the Summer Fair Job Fest! You read that right, we have teamed up with Summerfest to hire hundreds of employees for the State Fair and Summerfest! Snag two jobs at one hiring event! DETAILS: https://wistatefair.com/wsfp/state-fair-hiring-center/

06/27/2021

Join the Industry leader in metal food packaging. Want to know More? Visit www.silgancontainers.com or click the links below and apply today. Please register for the virtual event by clicking the registration link below.
#Virtual Event
#Electronic Technician
#Coater Mechanic
#Production Worker

New Location Now Open!
06/26/2021
New Location Now Open!

New Location Now Open!

Hunger Task Force Opens Alicia’s Place: FoodShare Resource CenterJun 23, 2021 Milwaukee’s north side is wrought with poverty, homeless and opportunity to help those in need. Hunger Task Force is expanding its services to support an area where between 50-75% of residents are eligible to receive f...

06/25/2021

Looking to start or advance your career with one of the top company’s in the industry? If so Silgan Containers, the leader in metal food packaging in the U.S. is seeking Production Supervisor / Manager Trainee’s to join our Menomonee Falls, WI Team. Want to learn More? Visit www.silgancontainers.com Ready to get started? Then click the link below and apply today.

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Project RETURN would like to thank the youth for the summer donations-!!!!Ellis and Rya Gramling (on the left) from Nash...
06/25/2021

Project RETURN would like to thank the youth for the summer donations-!!!!

Ellis and Rya Gramling (on the left) from Nashville, mollie keifer(second from right) from Minnesota, and Lidia Perez (all the way right) with the Wauwatosa east ACLU

Project RETURN would like to thank the youth for the summer donations-!!!!

Ellis and Rya Gramling (on the left) from Nashville, mollie keifer(second from right) from Minnesota, and Lidia Perez (all the way right) with the Wauwatosa east ACLU

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06/18/2021

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Earn & Learn Participants
05/20/2021
Earn & Learn Participants

Earn & Learn Participants

Participants may work up to 20 hours per week for 6-8 weeks.  Each Friday, Employ Milwaukee hosts professional development and job readiness skill workshops and enrichment activities. Work experiences available through our EARN & LEARN Program range from developing culinary skills at the Wisconsin ...

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05/19/2021

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St. Ben's Community Meal is opening on Wednesday afternoons and evening. Come and meet your neighbors and friends for dinner under the tent in our lot starting each Wednesday in May at 5PM!

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05/16/2021

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05/13/2021

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There's still time to register for our May #TripleP Workshops! See one that peaks your interest?

Todavia hay tiempo para registrarse! Visita este enlace!

Visit the link to register TODAY!
https://www.theparentingnetwork.org/triple-p-registration

#theparentingnetwork #theparentingnetworkmke #mkefamilies #mkeparents #mkekids #parenting #strongfamilies #strengtheningfamilies #may2021 #enespanol #padres #hijos #padrastros #steparents

Teri Woodley, office manager at Project RETURN, has a heart for helping anyone who walks through the doors seeking assis...
05/07/2021

Teri Woodley, office manager at Project RETURN, has a heart for helping anyone who walks through the doors seeking assistance.

“I just want people to know that even though you are having some crisis… you know I am here to help. We are here to help. Our doors are open,” said Teri.

Teri runs a women’s support group at Project RETURN that provides a community for women affected by incarceration. This is a confidential group that meets to process the challenges of returning to society after prison.

“Women face more challenges because, don't forget, they’re mothers…. I devote my life to this type of work, and I will be working my life to do this work,” said Teri.

If you’re interested in getting involved with women’s group, reach out to Teri Woodley at [email protected] or visit https://www.projectreturnmilwaukee.org/ to learn more!

05/05/2021
Listen to Pastor Joseph Ellwanger, founder of Project RETURN, speak with Radio Milwaukee about the city's mental health ...
04/29/2021
Milwaukee's mental health treatment court could see an expansion

Listen to Pastor Joseph Ellwanger, founder of Project RETURN, speak with Radio Milwaukee about the city's mental health treatment court.

Instead of a typical court that may sentence people with serious mental illnesses who have committed nonviolent crimes to prison, this mental health treatment court pairs them with medical treatment plans and community resources that can help them avoid committing crimes again.

“The mental health treatment court really keeps people accountable. They have to come and report to the judge on a regular basis, whether they are maintaining their journey of recovery or not,” says Pastor Joseph.

Learn more at the link below:

Instead of sentencing people with serious mental illnesses prison, Milwaukee's mental health treatment court pairs them with treatment plans and community resources.

04/21/2021
Did you know that for every dollar spent on diversion programs, the state saved $8.68 in reduced incarceration and court...
04/14/2021

Did you know that for every dollar spent on diversion programs, the state saved $8.68 in reduced incarceration and court expenditures?

Putting a seriously mentally ill person into prison often makes their mental condition worse. Prisons are not equipped to treat people with mental illness, often harming a person rather than reforming them. The mentally ill are then left untreated, often leaving prison with worse mental health than when they entered because they have not received proper treatment.

Governor Tony Evers’ 2021 budget plan hints that Treatment for Alternatives and Diversion Program (TAD) funding may be able to extend beyond Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse counseling and into specialty diversion programs such as mental health treatment courts. The proposed expansion of TAD programming will contribute both to public safety and to a more cost-effective criminal justice system.

But we need your help to make it happen. We invite you to join us in signing a Letter to the Joint Finance Committee to Support Treatment and Diversion (TAD) that asks our leaders to support expanded TAD funding. This expanded funding will contribute to public safety while potentially extending other programs, including mental health treatment court in Milwaukee County. Show your support here: https://www.projectreturnmilwaukee.org/support-for-tad-funding.html

Did you know that for every dollar spent on diversion programs, the state saved $8.68 in reduced incarceration and court expenditures?

Putting a seriously mentally ill person into prison often makes their mental condition worse. Prisons are not equipped to treat people with mental illness, often harming a person rather than reforming them. The mentally ill are then left untreated, often leaving prison with worse mental health than when they entered because they have not received proper treatment.

Governor Tony Evers’ 2021 budget plan hints that Treatment for Alternatives and Diversion Program (TAD) funding may be able to extend beyond Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse counseling and into specialty diversion programs such as mental health treatment courts. The proposed expansion of TAD programming will contribute both to public safety and to a more cost-effective criminal justice system.

But we need your help to make it happen. We invite you to join us in signing a Letter to the Joint Finance Committee to Support Treatment and Diversion (TAD) that asks our leaders to support expanded TAD funding. This expanded funding will contribute to public safety while potentially extending other programs, including mental health treatment court in Milwaukee County. Show your support here: https://www.projectreturnmilwaukee.org/support-for-tad-funding.html

Who will benefit from the expansion of Treatment for Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) funding? Well, everyone. “Acknowle...
04/12/2021

Who will benefit from the expansion of Treatment for Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) funding? Well, everyone.

“Acknowledging that mental health can cause crimes will make the system more about treatment than punishment,” said Amanda Smit, case manager at Project RETURN.

Governor Tony Ever’s proposed expansion of the TAD programs will contribute to public safety while substantially reducing the state's court and incarceration expenditures. From their beginning in 2005, the evidence-based programs that receive TAD funds have been shown to reduce incarceration and prevent re-offending.

We need your support to make it happen. Learn more about how you can support the efforts here: https://www.projectreturnmilwaukee.org/support-for-tad-funding.html

Who will benefit from the expansion of Treatment for Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) funding? Well, everyone.

“Acknowledging that mental health can cause crimes will make the system more about treatment than punishment,” said Amanda Smit, case manager at Project RETURN.

Governor Tony Ever’s proposed expansion of the TAD programs will contribute to public safety while substantially reducing the state's court and incarceration expenditures. From their beginning in 2005, the evidence-based programs that receive TAD funds have been shown to reduce incarceration and prevent re-offending.

We need your support to make it happen. Learn more about how you can support the efforts here: https://www.projectreturnmilwaukee.org/support-for-tad-funding.html

What is the benefit of a mental health treatment court? Comprehensive care. Instead of putting a seriously mentally ill ...
04/06/2021

What is the benefit of a mental health treatment court? Comprehensive care.

Instead of putting a seriously mentally ill person into prison, a mental health treatment court diverts a person from incarceration to treatment. Instead of placing a person in a prison that is unequipped to treat mental illness, a mental health treatment court will:

- divert people with serious mental disorders who are charged with misdemeanors and non-violent felonies from jail to treatment
- reduce a patient's involvement in the criminal justice system
- create comprehensive care with community programs for mental health and chemical dependency treatment

Governor Tony Evers’ 2021 budget plan hints that Treatment for Alternatives and Diversion Program (TAD) funding may be able to extend beyond Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse counseling and into specialty programs such as mental health treatment courts.

But we need your help to make it happen. Sign the Letter to ask the Joint Finance Committee to Support Treatment and Diversion that asks our leaders to expand TAD funding to support diversion therapy here: https://secure.everyaction.com/frs4VzsX7k6ejY12RibDoQ2

What is the benefit of a mental health treatment court? Comprehensive care.

Instead of putting a seriously mentally ill person into prison, a mental health treatment court diverts a person from incarceration to treatment. Instead of placing a person in a prison that is unequipped to treat mental illness, a mental health treatment court will:

- divert people with serious mental disorders who are charged with misdemeanors and non-violent felonies from jail to treatment
- reduce a patient's involvement in the criminal justice system
- create comprehensive care with community programs for mental health and chemical dependency treatment

Governor Tony Evers’ 2021 budget plan hints that Treatment for Alternatives and Diversion Program (TAD) funding may be able to extend beyond Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse counseling and into specialty programs such as mental health treatment courts.

But we need your help to make it happen. Sign the Letter to ask the Joint Finance Committee to Support Treatment and Diversion that asks our leaders to expand TAD funding to support diversion therapy here: https://secure.everyaction.com/frs4VzsX7k6ejY12RibDoQ2

04/03/2021

WIC Health Wednesday!!

Lesson: Building healthy bodies with iron foods

Did you know that low iron is the most common nutrition-related disorder in the world?

Our blood needs iron to carry oxygen to the whole body and EVERYONE needs iron to stay healthy.

The WIC food package includes foods to help meet iron needs.

Remember if you need a class or would like to know more, check out WIChealth.org

What is a mental health treatment court? And how can it help Milwaukee? Mental health treatment courts keep people with ...
03/31/2021

What is a mental health treatment court? And how can it help Milwaukee?

Mental health treatment courts keep people with serious mental disorders who are charged with misdemeanors and non-violent felonies out of prison. Instead, they are diverted into a court-supervised treatment program. Mental health treatment courts have proven to:

- Increase public safety
- Reduce court-and corrections-related costs
- Lower recidivism

Right now, Milwaukee has a pilot mental health treatment court that can serve just 5 people a year. In this specialty court, a client meets with a judge to develop a treatment plan that includes psychotherapy, medication, and housing.

“We continue to put people with mental health issues in prison and incarceration, which is the last thing that they need. It’s counterproductive in terms of community safety,” said Pastor Joe Ellwanger, founder and board member of Project RETURN.

Governor Tony Evers’ 2021 budget plan opens the opportunity for Treatment for Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) Program funding to be extended beyond Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse counseling and into specialty courts such as mental health treatment courts. With the support of TAD funding, the mental health treatment court could expand to serve as many as 100 people a year in the Milwaukee area, keeping those people out of prison and getting the mental health treatment they need.

We need your support to make it happen. Sign the Letter to the Joint Finance Committee to Support Treatment and Diversion that asks our leaders to expand TAD funding to support diversion therapy here: https://secure.everyaction.com/frs4VzsX7k6ejY12RibDoQ2

What is a mental health treatment court? And how can it help Milwaukee?

Mental health treatment courts keep people with serious mental disorders who are charged with misdemeanors and non-violent felonies out of prison. Instead, they are diverted into a court-supervised treatment program. Mental health treatment courts have proven to:

- Increase public safety
- Reduce court-and corrections-related costs
- Lower recidivism

Right now, Milwaukee has a pilot mental health treatment court that can serve just 5 people a year. In this specialty court, a client meets with a judge to develop a treatment plan that includes psychotherapy, medication, and housing.

“We continue to put people with mental health issues in prison and incarceration, which is the last thing that they need. It’s counterproductive in terms of community safety,” said Pastor Joe Ellwanger, founder and board member of Project RETURN.

Governor Tony Evers’ 2021 budget plan opens the opportunity for Treatment for Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) Program funding to be extended beyond Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse counseling and into specialty courts such as mental health treatment courts. With the support of TAD funding, the mental health treatment court could expand to serve as many as 100 people a year in the Milwaukee area, keeping those people out of prison and getting the mental health treatment they need.

We need your support to make it happen. Sign the Letter to the Joint Finance Committee to Support Treatment and Diversion that asks our leaders to expand TAD funding to support diversion therapy here: https://secure.everyaction.com/frs4VzsX7k6ejY12RibDoQ2

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2821 VEL R. PHILLIPS AVE . SUITE 223
Milwaukee, WI
53212

General information

History: In 1980, Cross Lutheran Church brought together interested parties to consider the challenge of high recidivism in Milwaukee. As a result, Project RETURN was formed in 1981, and for 30 years has walked alongside ex-offenders, providing assistance with employment, housing, and encouragement to change lives and the community.

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Monday 09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30
Thursday 09:00 - 16:30
Friday 09:00 - 15:00

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+14143748029

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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.

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Rodney Evans and Pastor Joe for my Urban Milwaukee.com article. https://bit.ly/3e2yT2V
I sent an email to your organization a few weeks ago, and never received a response.
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