On a Mission: How CoreCivic’s Annual Giving Helps Reduce Recidivism, Better the Public Good

Byline: By Jenna Slocum

CoreCivic’s work to reduce recidivism and better the public good goes beyond the walls of our facilities. Through the company’s charitable efforts, CoreCivic donates nearly half a million dollars each year to provide assistance and resources to former offenders, victims of crime and underserved youth.

The annual CoreCivic Chairman’s Charity Golf Classic, established in 1991, is one way the company gives back to our home community of Nashville, Tennessee, each year. We have raised more than $4.3 million to date for charities aligned with our giving mission.

“Every year we support groups that meet the needs of those impacted by crime, poverty, addiction and mental health disorders in the Nashville area,” said Tony Grande, Executive Vice President and Charitable Fund Foundation Chairman, CoreCivic. “Without the generous outreach, guidance and instruction of these great organizations, many former offenders, underserved youth and victims of crimes and abuse would not receive the essential support they need and deserve.”

This year the annual event, held October 5 in Nashville, raised $475,000 for 25 local charities. The full list of charities and a brief description of their work can be found below.

"The work of these groups goes to the heart of our mission as corrections professionals, helping subvert the cycle of crime, addiction and violence for the most vulnerable in our community,” Grande said. “We believe any amount we can invest in them will result in an enormous amount of good.”

One of this year’s recipients is Dismas, Inc., a Nashville, Tennessee, nonprofit dedicated to supporting formerly incarcerated men with transitional housing and other resources. CoreCivic has faithfully supported Dismas, Inc., for more than 30 years.

“There are 50,000 people incarcerated in Tennessee, and 95 percent of them will be released,” said Gerald Brown, CEO of Dismas, Inc. “Studies show that an inmate is much more likely to reoffend within just three days of being released from incarceration, if they do not have a safe environment to go to. It’s important to have transitional housing, such as Dismas, to help get people back on their feet. CoreCivic’s support of Dismas helps us give these former inmates a second chance."

CoreCivic’s efforts to give back aren’t limited to a once-a-year event, or even to the company’s hometown of Nashville. CoreCivic has a strong footprint in every community where we operate, participating in school and toy drives and raising money for local charities. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, CoreCivic employees hit the ground running to help those impacted, holding supply drives to benefit people in the storm’s path. Many CoreCivic employees traveled to those communities in Texas and Florida to provide physical support. The company also donated $60,000 to assist with ongoing relief efforts from both hurricanes.

"Our goal is to be a good neighbor and a good community partner in the areas where we live and work," said Damon Hininger, President and CEO, CoreCivic. "I am so proud when I see our team come together to help others in their time of need. It goes to the heart of who we are as a company."

 The 2017 charitable recipients are:

“Aphesis House, Inc. is a safe, sober, and supportive living environment for men seeking recovery after seasons of incarceration, addiction, and homelessness. Our holistic approach is designed to provide for the basic needs of residents while also offering personal and professional development services designed to empower them to transition into lives of dignity, self-sufficiency, and reconciliation.”

“Book’em creates a more literate Nashville by helping economically disadvantaged children, from birth through high school, discover the joy and value of reading through book ownership and enthusiastic volunteers.”

“Since 1984, the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program has served Nashville by speaking for abused and neglected children caught in the court system and helping them find safe and permanent homes. Too many children, who through no fault of their own, face a crucial turning point in their lives without a voice. CASA’s trained volunteer advocates speak exclusively for each child and give them hope.”

“The mission of Dismas House is to bring about mutual reconciliation between former offenders and society through the development of a supportive community characterized by students and former offenders living together in a family setting; active involvement of volunteers from the larger community; spirit of open and participative decision-making with an emphasis on the common good.”

“Mission: To break multi-generational cycles of child abuse, neglect, and trauma by empowering parents to raise children who can then reach their highest potential.”

“Family & Children’s Service (FCS) serves all people in crisis and transition by meeting them where they are, understanding their needs, and connecting them to the resources they need. FCS often ‘fills in the gaps’ in social services, creating a safety net to ensure that all children and families can be safe and healthy. Each year we provide services to more than 30,000 Tennesseans.”

“Our mission is to provide affordable high-quality childcare for at-risk children in a nurturing environment while empowering families to reach their potential.”

  • Good Neighbor Foundation

“Good neighbors transforming lives, communities and nations by reaching out to other non profits. We help others to reach their full potential and reach out into communities to provide many areas of service. The DBA Leaving The Cocoon (LTC)  is a safe haven for inmates and ex-offenders to learn new skills of self worth, social etiquette, and success between the prison system and society.”

“H.U.G.G.S. provides help for men and women who have been incarcerated establish healthy, useful and joyful lives in society, and to prevent recidivism. We do this through counseling training, information and financial assistance.”

“Men of Valor is committed to winning men in prison to Jesus Christ and discipling them. Our purpose is to equip them to re-enter society as men of integrity – becoming givers to the community rather than takers.”

“Miriam’s Promise is a licensed child-placing agency located in Nashville, Tenn. Founded in 1985 by the Tennessee Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to provide crisis pregnancy counseling and parenting and adoption services.  The not-for-profit organization serves children, expectant parents and families hoping to adopt throughout Middle Tennessee.  We are proud members of the Inter-agency Adoption Coalition and Joint Council on International Children's Services.”

“Since 1893, Monroe Harding has continually adapted to meet the needs of children who are in, or transitioning out of state custody, caring for more than 16,000 children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. Today, we are a healing community for youth and families as they move beyond trauma to experience hope. We are meeting this mission through four key programs serving young people who are currently in or are transitioning from the foster care system: Foster Care, Residential Programs, Education & Workforce Development, and Therapy & Healing.”

“Morning Star Sanctuary exists to provide refuge for victims of domestic violence and their children who have fled abusive situations and to help empower them to break the cycle of violence that controls their lives.”

“The Nashville Children's Alliance (NCA) is a non profit agency that provides services at no cost to children in Davidson County who have experienced sexual or severe physical abuse. Some of these services include front-line forensic interviews to assist in determining if abuse has occurred, weekly therapy sessions, court support, crisis services to families and support groups for non-offending parents.”

“Project Return is solely dedicated to the successful new beginnings of people who are returning to our community after incarceration. We provide the resources and services needed to gain employment and build full and free lives.”

“Motivated by Christ's love, Rejoice School of Ballet empowers youth to realize their potential by training, nurturing and celebrating dancers from diverse racial, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.”

“Salama runs an extended learning program five days a week during the school year and a six week session (9.5 hours daily) during the summer. We strive to develop K-12 students into leaders, investing up to 650 hours a year per student in academics, the performing arts, and spiritual development in the Christian faith.”

“Our mission is to provide healing for children, adults and families affected by sexual assault and to end sexual violence through counseling, education, and advocacy.”

“The Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence is the leading voice for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Tennessee. Established in 1983 as a nonprofit agency, the Coalition is a statewide network of domestic violence programs, rape crisis centers, allied programs, and individuals working together to end domestic and sexual violence in Tennessee. We advocate for laws that protect victims of rape and abuse, train police officers, judges and frontline workers, provide life-saving services to victims, and partner with communities to prevent and end violence. We invite you to stand with us to improve the lives of survivors and create a world in which rape and abuse no longer exist.”

“The mission of The HELP Center is to provide ex-offenders, offenders, and low income individuals support to restructure their lives and achieve success with counseling, educational, employment, and supportive services.”

“The Next Door is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving women in crisis, equipping them for lives of wholeness and hope. The Next Door provides services to women who are impacted by addiction, mental illness, trauma and/or incarceration. In recognition of the common need among residents for mental health and addiction counseling, The Next Door provides an integrated model to address the co-occurring disorders. A professional team of counselors, case managers, nurse practitioners – both medical and psychiatric, medical doctors, masters level social work interns, mentors, and job coaches complete the staff to provide comprehensive coverage to residents’ needs.”

“Thistle Farms' mission is to HEAL, EMPOWER, AND EMPLOY women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. We do this by providing safe and supportive housing, the opportunity for economic independence, and a strong community of advocates and partners.”

“United Way is making a better Nashville by creating strategic, scalable solutions focused on Education, Financial Stability and Health.”

“You Have the Power…Know How to Use It, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency whose mission is to empower those victimized by crime through education, advocacy, and understanding.”

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