MAIC was recognized as a nonprofit partner during the Mobile City Council’s meeting during National Community Development week. This annual event was established to help educate public officials and residents on the importance of the Community Development Block Grant and other federal grant programs. In Mobile, these kinds of federal funds have played a significant role in programs related to affordable housing, public services and expanding economic opportunities.
The Mobile Area Interfaith Conference (MAIC) welcomed the Baytreat Mission Campers from First Presbyterian Church of Anderson, S.C., and First Presbyterian of Mantoon, IL during the past two weeks. Each group was given an overview of MAIC’s programs and a chance to participate in a reentry simulation. The Reentry Simulation simulates the struggles and challenges faced by individuals who are transitioning from incarceration back into society.
The goal of this simulation is for participants to gain an understanding of the significant obstacles faced by men and women attempting to navigate the system upon their release from incarceration and returning home to their communities.
The kids experienced the first month of post-release life. They assumed the identity of an ex-offender and received a packet of materials, including a “Life Card.” The “Life Card” explains the reentrant’s criminal background, current living situation, current job situation, and the specific weekly tasks that must be accomplished to avoid the risk of being sent back to prison for non-compliance with the requirements of his or her supervised release. As you can see from the pictures most of the kids returned to jail. We hope they understood why our programs are so important.
We thank Government Street Presbyterian Church for this opportunity.
If you would like to schedule a simulation at your church or business, please let us know at
Early last month the Mobile Career Center held a Second Chances Job Fair for jobseekers who were on probation, but eligible for employment. This event was held at and organized with the Mobile Community Corrections facility. There were 8 employers who participated (Core Industries, Express Employment, Hire Dynamics, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Simple Freight LLC, Labor Finders, Stone Interiors and Waffle House). MAIC/Neighbor Center, SWAPTE, Bishop State and Our Sister’s Closet were the support agencies who were in attendance. Over 100 jobseekers were in attendance. Several job offers were made and the employers were pleased with the quality of candidates. Special thanks to David Hart for his tireless effort in putting the event together. #MAIC #MobileCareerCenter