A New Beginning, Inc. is a jail-to-job training program based in Campbell County, Tennessee where a skilled workforce is lacking due to rampant drug abuse and insufficient training. The program offers previously incarcerated men who desire to change the direction of their lives trade-skills training and a job at a local business such as BMT Manufacturing with the goal of securing a long-term career.
A New Beginning is not rehab; it is a work and training program that reminds people of their value and provides the tools needed to leverage their knowledge and talents for the betterment of themselves, their families, and the community. Working and participating in program activities helps people find renewed purpose for their lives, and feeling purpose gives people hope. That hope will give them strength to change the direction of their lives.
How We Do It
The goal is for A New Beginning participants to complete intake the day after they are released. Potential participants are informed that they are required to pass a drug test before starting the program and will be drug tested at least once a week. They must also agree to attend a Celebrate Recovery or NA/AA meeting once a week and meet with a mentor. If potential participants are agreeable to requirements and pass a drug test, they will complete intake paperwork with the Program Director.
Immediately upon release from jail, Duration: 2 weeks- Purpose: The purpose of Phase I is to integrate the participant back into everyday life, assuring they have their basic needs met and allowing them to begin earning wages to be distributed at the beginning of Phase II. Participants meet with program directors to be drug tested and complete intake procedures; begin work the following day if they meet program requirements; have basic needs met; are paired with case manager, mentor, and others as needed.
Duration: 2–3 months- Purpose: The purpose of Phase II is for the participant to learn financial responsibility and to advance their education with on-the-job training in a specific skill, goal setting, and earning a GED. Participants receive the wages they earned, receive one-on-one financial counseling to make the best use of the wages, continue working (focus becomes more skill-oriented), work with case manager to set goals for the next 6 months, receive their GED.
Duration: 2–3 months- Purpose: Phase III encourages the participant to recognize his responsibilities as an employee and citizen by developing a favorable work history and plan for further education or seeking a career. Participants take more responsibility for their lives, continue their specialized training program, begin exploring careers and/or further education, develop a desirable work history for future employers, explore career opportunities, and create a resume.
Duration: 2–3 months- Purpose: In Phase IV, the participant will complete program activities and take steps toward securing a career that will sustain a healthy lifestyle. Participants should exhibit accountability, integrity, and wise stewardship. Participants finish the required training and classes and meet all goals set during Phase II, send out resumes and attend interviews, will be set up on a financial plan to help stay on course for becoming debt free.
Participants who successfully complete all four program phases, passing drug screens and completing checklist items, graduate from the program. In the final program phase, participants send out resumes with the goal of securing long-term, gainful employment that supports a healthy lifestyle. For participants who fully cooperate and engage in the program for six to nine months, A New Beginning makes a commitment to ensure that upon leaving, they are able to go directly into a better position with better pay and benefits. Currently program graduates are offered full-time positions at BMT Manufacturing. Once positions at BMT are filled, A New Beginning will help program graduates acquire positions at other local businesses.