Abbotsford M2 / W2 recently received a grant of $ 75,000 for their community reintegration program No One Leaves Alone (NOLA).
The grant was awarded by the provincial government as part of the Civil Forfeiture Crime Prevention and Remediation Grant Program.
M2 / W2 CEO Raymond Robyn said the funding recognizes the organization’s efforts to make communities in British Columbia safer and highlights the NOLA program model of providing hands-on support and mentoring for newly released parolees.
He said that by building the capacity and independence of program participants, NOLA contributes to a safe and crime-free reintegration into society.
“We are honored to receive this grant. This will help provide life-changing mentorship and support to more people released from prison, ”said Robyn.
Relaunched as a pilot program in April 2021, NOLA has operated for the previous three years as a research project, partially funded by the federal government.
During these three years, the project involved 53 participants and more than 80 volunteers.
In NOLA, each participant is connected to a circle led by volunteers, offering practical support in five key areas: housing, health, employment, education and relationships.
NOLA was among 221 projects receiving One-Time Grants under the Crime Prevention and Sanitation Grants Program for 2020-2021. All told, the grants totaled $ 8.6 million for this year.
The Civil Forfeiture Office uses the proceeds of crime to fund programs that support crime prevention, restorative justice, Indigenous healing, and more.