E.P.I.K. Program – provides transitional housing, life skills, peer-to-peer mentoring and education, health and wellness and skills-trades construction training for returning citizens and high-risk youth in the Flint and Genesee County area.
We have seen great success with the program by providing training to individuals coming out of prison with in-demand skills to prepare them for jobs in the building trades. These positions include certificates in Heavy Equipment, Lead Remediation, Asbestos Abatement, OSHA 10, OSHA 30, CPR and first aid. The program is a collaborative effort with the Michigan Department of Corrections. Some participants have received their CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) which has shown to be a critical need during the pandemic. The EPIK program has improved the overall success rate of former prisoners by 50 percent.
A major focus of the program is around the MADE Life Skills Training. Becoming MADE is a 10-phase program that lasts between 12 and 14 weeks. Once an individual completes the program, we work with him/her to identify appropriate services and next steps toward reaching life goals.