TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Hamilton Center is providing people who were formerly incarcerated with job readiness skills.
The New Citizens Program places participants in areas of the Hamilton Center, or out in the community, to allow them to learn different working skills.
For example, one could be placed in a human resource department and learn skills pertaining to the Adobe suite or accounts payable information.
Tatu Brown, the program’s executive director, says that it is all about putting people in the right positions to equip them with the skills that they need.
“We’re just trying to put an individual in a good position,” Brown said. “We just make sure that we’re patting you on the back and encouraging you to keep going.”
Brown was the first person to go through the program and he said that he hopes to be a symbol of hope for those currently going through it.
“It gives people hope,” Brown explained. “It gives them encouragement, motivation and inspires others that that could be you.”
However, Brown acknowledges that there was some added pressure to be successful since he was the first.
“It was a lot of weight on my shoulders but I felt like the weight was light based on what I want to do and where I came from,” Brown said.