More About Past & Future Corp
My name is Anthony Brown, Founder of Past & Future Corp. We are a startup (pre) nonprofit entity dedicated to helping ex-offenders (returning citizens) gain employment and become productive and valuable members of Florida’s Panhandle communities. But not only are returned citizens in our scope, we offer the same opportunities to veterans and those who desire to change his or her quality of living. We understand that navigating through the process of gaining skills outside of the traditional methods can be cumbersome, thus we will assist in the process.
More than 650,000 individuals are released from prison nationally every year, and half of them have committed crimes that are not violent. They face staggering challenges as they try to reintegrate into society. Finding employment, a place to live, and a means of transportation are just three of their immediate needs.
Based in Okaloosa County, Founder of Past & Future Corp. has developed an eight-month program that provides job training, skill development, personal mentorship and spiritual/ethical guidance during a critical time in a returning citizen’s life. Not everyone meets our criteria for participation. Above all, those who qualify must display an aptitude for learning and a genuine desire to make a decisive change in their lives.
With our help, returning citizens become proficient in technical skills that are in high demand by local businesses. In addition, they learn how to deal with life issues, are immersed in our faith-based values, and develop a respect for authority. At the end of the eight months, they are prepared to successfully move forward in their journey to a better future.
The success of our program depends on the team of partners that we develop. We not only are looking for qualified instructors and mentors, but we are also reaching out to law enforcement agencies, chaplains, faith-based transitional facilities, employment agencies, and businesses that may be willing to hire our participants.
This last category is especially critical. Not every business owner understands the value that a returning citizen can bring to their business. Since most returning citizens find it difficult to get jobs and re-enter society, they are deeply grateful and loyal to any employer who gives them a chance. Beyond that and the skills that they offer, employers who are willing to hire returning citizens can apply for a ‘Work Opportunity Tax Credit’ and are eligible to participate in the ‘Federal Bonding Program,’ which limits an employer’s risk, liability, and insurance costs.
We are currently reaching out to you to ask for your help in assembling this important team. If you would like to partner with us, or if you have any leads that we can tap into for this purpose, we would be deeply grateful. The following quote is at the core of what we are trying to accomplish: ‘Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.’ The author is unknown, but those few words say it all. For more information, please call me at 850-865-9145. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and welcome your involvement.