Dear OIC Family,
We are excited to announce that OICA has been awarded two (2) DOL Reentry Grants totaling $8,787,369 that will run under our SOAR brand name – these are 3 year grants starting July 1, 2018. One Grant will serve Young Adults 18 – 24 years of age and Grant two will serve Adults 25 years of age and older. This represents a total of four (4) Grants awarded to OICA as an Intermediary in three (3) years bringing our DOL Reentry total award monies to $17.8 million dollars.
This award also reflects a meaningful revenue contribution to our Strategic Plan and is consistent with what we shared with you earlier in the year. It increases the number of OIC Affiliates participating in DOL Reentry work from 7 to 10, or 29% of our Affiliate Network. It also expands the number of states that OIC has participating in Reentry work from 5 to 7, or 31% of our currant US state coverage.
Please join me congratulating the Awardees with special thanks to Jason Whyte and the entire OICA staff (Gail, Michael, Patty, Letitia, Naja, Linda) for organizing and delivering winning proposals. I think everyone recognizes how tough the effort is to pull together all of the relevant data for one submission, but two submissions at the same time, even more intense. For this intense effort we were rewarded as OICA was the only Intermediary who received awards for both Adults and Young Adults. Job well done by all of those who worked to pull it together as it really does take a Village!
Time to get started – by now each OIC Executive who will participate in this round has been contacted by Jason as to next steps in order to get started. Of note with this round of funding, the planning period has been reduced from 6 months to 3 months. With this change it will be extremely important that the new participants get organized and focused quickly in order to keep pace with critical enrollment plans and timing.
This award will be delivered as follows and OICA will serve as intermediary.
Serving Adults – Clark County OIC – Portland OIC – Tri-County OIC – Philadelphia OIC – Total DOL dollars $4,424,458.
Serving Young Adults – American Indian OIC – Rocky Mount OIC – Portland OIC – Chester County OIC – Total DOL dollars $4,362,911.
Final acknowledgement — we as an organization are honored to be able to do the work we do as we stand on the shoulders of our founder Leon H. Sullivan for having the vision of creating an organization built to help those most in need. It is in this spirit that we must also acknowledge Newton Sanon and his team in South Florida for developing the model we use to deliver our Reentry Services. With our “strength in numbers” approach leveraging best and promising practices, we’ve been able to leverage South Florida’s model program with enhancements to deliver program services that are beginning to be recognized by the DOL as a program worthy of further study by others in the industry. We thank Newton Sanon and the South Florida team for including us in this important journey.
James Haynes, OICA President & Board Chair
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