KSRM 920 AM Interview with Alaska Department of Corrections Wildwood Work Release Program's Thomas Lorah and Kenai Peninsula Business Everything Bagels talking about how the program's success is spreading around.
Thomas Lorah is our latest participant in the Vocational Work Release Program at Alaska Department of Corrections Wildwood Correctional Complex. He was sentenced in 2012 and sent to WCC where he has remained. He completed a 6000 hour DOL Apprenticeship Program in Baking, completed several NCCER programs, Substance Abuse Treatment as well as a participant in the summer work release program at the cannery.
We contacted a new company in Soldotna, Everything Bagels, about a possible job placement for him a few months ago. They were eager to have him come work for them in the their new store, opening up in Kenai. He is their primary baker for this location. During the soft opening, everything sold out in less than 5 hours, before the lunch rush even started.
Several DOC employees went to the opening to support our newest participant and business (could be the reason they sold out so fast).
Thomas is extremely happy and loves what he is doing and it shows. He had a smile on his face the whole time. It was a perfect fit for both the employer and the employee.
The first week of Probation Officer Academy #27 included a half day of training with Probation Officer Morgen Jaco discussing the Alaska Prisoner Reentry Initiative. Upon conclusion of the classroom presentation, Officers were encouraged to meet the providers. PO Jaco did a wonderful job organizing a Community Resource Venue that hosted 19 agencies that provide services to returning citizens.
Probation officers attending the academy in addition to field and institutional officers from surrounding areas were invited to participate. Officers were able to gather information, speak with service providers directly and ask questions to expand their knowledge concerning what resources are available to assist them in the future.
This event aids officers in understanding their role concerning reentry and identifying community partners within their areas. The representative agencies were able to engage in a two way dialog with new probation officers to facilitate future communications and coordination of services.
Thank you to Probation Officer Jaco for coordinating this event that brought our services providers to one location.