[ OUR MISSION ]

Refoundry’s mission is to provide formerly incarcerated people with the skills and opportunity to achieve financial independence and become leaders and job creators in our communities.

WHAT WE DO

TRAINING and EDUCATION. Refoundry trains formerly incarcerated people to repurpose discarded materials into home furnishings and mentors them into their own business and career path. Our curriculum includes mental health/addiction referrals, classes in internet, finance, business, resumé-building and interview skills, apprenticeships, business coaching and more.

Breaking Cycles of Incarceration

This powerful video spotlights Refoundry entrepreneur Gene Manigo’s inspiring story. (Thanks to the generosity and talent of Brooklyn-based Wrapt Films.)

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people released from prisons each year
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are rearrested within one year of release
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are unemployed one year after release

We’re working to change that.

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Refoundry model was tested and refined in two cities: South Los Angeles, and Brooklyn, NY
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Ten businesses were incubated in craft industries, including wood, metal, and upholstery.
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Refoundry entrepreneurs now employ over 125 people from their home communities.
"I was a handyman making $14/hour. Now I own my own business, employ 22 people from my community – using what I learned to help two start their own shops – and hit $2 million in sales last year. Best of all, I send my two oldest children to college, and my youngest to private school."
CONAN CASTILLO
FROM HANDYMAN TO BOSS MAN