Success Stories: Reentering Community Life 

Friends Outside in Los Angeles County is a proud partner of the Inglewood One-Stop Center where our staff provides employment services to “reentry” clients. Here we present one of the many successes our dedicated team has had recently with one of our clients, Mr. Taylor, who is rebuilding his life as a result of our staff’s support and services. 

Charles Taylor, a low income individual on Parole, living in a transitional housing program as required by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, sought employment services from the South Bay Business & Career Center – Inglewood. 

Mr. Taylor attended an orientation, was deemed eligible and subsequently enrolled in the WIOA adult program and co enrolled in the partner Reentry program with Friends Outside Los Angeles. Mr. Taylor decided to pursue training at RWM Fiber Optics in Carson where he enrolled into the Fiber Optics Broadband Technician program. 

Mr. Taylor has made a successful reentry into the community and is grateful for the services. He is now gainfully employed, saving for his apartment, and intends to pursue additional career advancement opportunities within the Utilities sector.  

Mr. Taylor expressed gratitude for all the assistance he received, 

“Thank You – You guys provided me with the tools I needed the most to jump start my career and to get to where I want to go.”

Research demonstrates that reentry clients who get and keep a job for one year rarely if ever return to prison. Won’t you make a contribution today so we can continue these important services which result in safer communities and tax-savings on the costs of incarceration?

–Mary Weaver, Ex. Dtr., Friends Outside in Los Angeles County