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Fresh Start - Building Furniture, Rebuilding Lives

by FRESH START PALLET PRODUCTS INC.
Fresh Start - Building Furniture, Rebuilding Lives
Fresh Start - Building Furniture, Rebuilding Lives
Fresh Start - Building Furniture, Rebuilding Lives
Fresh Start - Building Furniture, Rebuilding Lives
Fresh Start - Building Furniture, Rebuilding Lives
Fresh Start - Building Furniture, Rebuilding Lives
Fresh Start - Building Furniture, Rebuilding Lives
Fresh Start - Building Furniture, Rebuilding Lives
Fresh Start - Building Furniture, Rebuilding Lives

Summary

Life presents both triumphs and adversity. Some face challenges alone cannot overcome. For these individuals, we offer the opportunity for a "Fresh Start." We provide meaningful work to enable people in desperate need to lift themselves up, choose life, and become productive and contributing members of society. In the process of "rebuilding" themselves, they are, in turn, building furniture.

$20,000
total goal
$8,280
remaining
47
donors
8
monthly donors
9
days

Challenge

Studies indicate for individuals challenged by addiction 30% of those who abuse drugs and alcohol are unemployed and often homeless, according to the CDC. Furthermore, one in six unemployed workers are addicts - twice the rate of those working full-time. Fresh Start exists to create a safe and supportive environment that encourages their road to independence in rejoining society.

Solution

Research indicates that unemployment after successful treatment for alcohol and substance abuse increases the likelihood of relapse. Fresh Start provides a safe environment where individuals committed to obtaining long-term employment with a living wage can train in the skill and art of building high quality furniture while respecting our environment. These individuals are not limited to those with substance abuse issues, for example immigrants and Syrian refugees benefit from our program also.

Long-Term Impact

Fresh Start restores choice to our workers. Our intent is to establish a rolling advancement program for employees where they progress from craftsman-in-training, to craftsman and ultimately master craftsmen. At the average rate of $10.16 per hour in Connecticut, unskilled workers face placement in the lowest and fastest growing segment of our economy - the service economy. On average, we pay more than $3.50 more per hour. Thus helping aid in the reduction of state cost and welfare benefits.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.freshstartpalletproducts.org
Fresh Start Pallet Products Website

Organization Information

FRESH START PALLET PRODUCTS INC.

Location: Hartford, CT - USA
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Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Richard Carman
Hartford, CT United States
$11,720 raised of $20,000 goal
 
56 donations
$8,280 to go
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