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Milwaukee Nonprofit Receives Funding From U.S. Department of Justice to Help Young Dads Beyond the Bars as They Transition Back Into Society

/ -- Center for Self-Sufficiency One of Four Organizations in the Nation to Receive Innovative Grant

MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwired - Oct 11, 2016) -  The Center for Self-Sufficiency (CFSS) announced today that it is the recipient of an innovative grant from the United States Department of Justice that will help young Milwaukee dads successfully transition back into the community.

The Department of Justice's Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers, Young Mothers and their Children grant was only awarded to four organizations throughout the country. The three-year, $341,575 award is an initiative of Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention that focuses on fathers returning from the Racine Youthful Offender Correctional facility and is designed to:

  • Reduce recidivism;
  • Support responsible parenting; and
  • Improve economic stability & self-sufficiency among young fathers (age 15‐24) returning to society.

"Our organization is honored to receive this funding and I believe the Strengthening Relationships initiative will have a transformational impact on Milwaukee," said Carl Wesley, President & CEO of the Center for Self-Sufficiency. "This is a critical time for the city of Milwaukee and CFSS is committed to doing everything we can to provide opportunities for those in need."

The revitalization services provided will include healthy relationship, parenting and employment-related instruction, mentoring, visits and activities for fathers and children. In addition, participants will have access to job training, employers, legal aid, support services and assistance with custody issues which they will access from project partners.

The Center for Self-Sufficiency serves low‐income residents who primarily live in Milwaukee, many of whom are middle‐ and high-school youth, single mothers, fathers who do not live with their children, and individuals returning to their communities after a period of incarceration. For more information about the Strengthening Families Initiative and other CFSS programs, call (414) 270-4679 or email

About the Center for Self-Sufficiency
CFSS is a Milwaukee-based agency that has been serving the community for nearly two decades. The organization provides family strengthening programs in the areas of healthy relationship education, teen pregnancy prevention, workforce development and reentry services. CFSS also provides assessment and evaluation services. For more information, visit

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