Local former offenders offered help through MCFOAR
By Midland Area Community Foundation
The Midland Community Former Offenders Advocacy and Rehabilitation (MCFOAR) program has received a $19,436 grant from the Midland Area Community Foundation.
Rob Worsley, program director of MCFOAR, said the grant will fund two new programs: Alternatives to Violence and Character First.
Alternatives to Violence seeks to change the behavior of domestic assault offenders by helping them understand and monitor their actions. Character First involves 49 character qualities that are focused on reducing risk behaviors of former offenders.
"Our focus here at MCFOAR is to help any and all former offenders with their successful reintegration into productive societal life," said Worsley. "This helps improve not only their quality of life, but that of their families, neighborhoods, and our community as a whole."
MCFOAR, which partners with the Caregiving Network, also assists former prisoners with obtaining housing, employment and other basic needs.
"This is an important service being offered in our community," said Melissa Kesterson, community foundation program officer. "These men and women come out of incarceration and often don't know where to turn. Programs like Alternatives to Violence and Character First offer needed training while lowering the risk of repeat offenses."
For more information, visit midlandcommunityformeroffenders.org. Worsley can also be reached at (989) 832-8533.