EMERGE Connecticut, Inc. began in 2010 as Empower Enterprises, LLC - a pilot initiative launched under Empower New Haven, Inc. The program was created to provide recently released ex-offenders in the New Haven area with the opportunity to end the pattern of recidivism. Through paid work training in construction and property management and an array of unpaid program services, EMERGE participants have been able to change the way they make decisions, and move on to long term employment.
Participants are provided opportunities to apply their existing and newly aquired skill sets under the supervision of a crew chief. C.O.R.E. crew members are evaluated daily to ensure quality workmanship and a positive attitude within the work place. Read more.
The C.O.R.E. Experience
Through the Community Offender Re-Entry Experience (C.O.R.E.) EMERGE Connecticut Inc. offers a unique "Earn and Learn" program model. While EMERGE participants learn new skills, they are required to participate in self-paced, highly-individualized literacy and numeracy workshops through Khan Academy to improve their scores on the CASAS scale. Crew members also take in-house parenting classes, employability workshops and our "Real Talk" group therapy sessions as part of a model designed to promote better decision making and emotional maturity.