LeadershipRI Features OpenDoors Employment Partnership (6/2019)
June 25, 2019 - 4:54pm

On Thursday, June 20th, LeadershipRI hosted a Getting Talent Back to Work.  Hosted at New Engand Tech, the event brought together employers, non-profits, policy makers, and formerly incarcerated individuals to discuss reentry employment.  OpenDoors released its new video at the event which features one of its employer partners, Office Recycling Solutions, who is a great advocate for the benefit to companies that hire people with records.  

OpenDoors premiered its new video about Eric Butler, who has made a great career at Office Recycling Solutions.

Working towards rehabilitation one story at a time (4/2019)
April 25, 2019 - 3:27pm

 On April 18, 2019 OpenDoors took the time to speak with studnets at the University of Rhode Island to help put a face on re-entry.  Students had the opportunity to hear from other sudents that are completing internships at OpenDoors about how the experience of working directly with those impacted by the prison system has opened their eyes to how many barriers there are to re-entry as well as from individuals that have experienced incarceration themselves.  Read more at The Good Fi

Checkmate OpenDoors: Chess Tournament Fundraiser
March 13, 2019 - 1:21pm

First OpenDoors Chess Tournament--Saturday, June 1st

Many of our clients seriously play chess in prison and then continue competing after their release. On June 1st at 10:00 AM, OpenDoors hosted its first chess tournament to highlight our clients who love to play. The event was a huge success, brining together players from all over the state that love the game.

 

New Co-Executive Directors Named (10/2018)
March 13, 2019 - 12:46pm

In January 2018, Sol Rodriguez retired from OpenDoors after serving as the Executive Director for 14 years. Nick Horton and Patrick Westfall, both veterans with a combined 20+ years of experience at the agency, are now serving as the Co-Executive Directors of OpenDoors.

Nick Horton has worked at OpenDoors since 2004, and is very excited to help lead the agency as a new Co-Executive Director. He spent the first ten years at OpenDoors helping lead the agency's criminal justice policy reform work, and then founded the 9 Yards program in 2013.

2nd Chance Night a Success (2/2019)
March 13, 2019 - 12:42pm

On February 22nd, OpenDoors held Second Chance Night at Renaissance Church. The event was a huge success, with over 100 people in attendance. The event addressed the barriers to employment and housing that a criminal record poses, and discussed the agency's programs intended to help clients overcome those barriers.

New College Scholarship Program Launched (3/2019)
March 13, 2019 - 10:44am

OpenDoors will award four qualified, exemplary candidates $1,000 each to cover educational expenses for the 2019-2020 school year. To qualify, the applicant must intend to apply or be currently enrolled in a degree program and have a history of incarceration. Applications can be submitted online using this form, in person, or by mail.

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