REENTRY

Since 2011, Garden Time has prepared incarcerated individuals for the workforce, equipping a traditionally underserved population with the skills, self-confidence and support they need to successfully transition to long-term employment and a productive life in the community. As more of our incarcerated gardeners are released from prison, focusing on reentry programming is a natural extension of our work.

Download the Garden Time Reentry Planning Guide.

Download the Reentry Planning Workbook.

REENTRY COMMUNITY GARDEN at OpenDoors

In 2020 Garden Time partnered with OpenDoors to build a Reentry Community Garden, benefitting our graduates as well as OpenDoors clients and residents–all formerly incarcerated individuals. Since 2011, the OpenDoors Resource Center at 485 Plainfield Street has served community members, families, and individuals impacted by the justice system who are looking for a supportive environment to restore their lives.

Garden Time uses the garden at OpenDoors as a new home base for our work outside of prison including reentry planning, job coaching and continuing plant-based education. Garden Time graduates, OpenDoors clients and staff and volunteers meet weekly to plant, tend and harvest in the garden, but also to share resources, provide support and check in with our graduates about their progress and struggles.

GREEN REENTRY JOB TRAINING

Students from the Garden Time Green Reentry Job Training Program graduate during a ceremony at Open Doors in providence on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. Photos by Stephen Ide, ONE Neighborhood Builders

Thanks to our partners and trainees who made this year’s pilot Green Reentry Job Training such a success! We plan to offer this six-week green industry job training program for formerly incarcerated Rhode Islanders every fall. Share your contact information with us and we will let you know when next year’s applications are available.

Download our graduation program for more photos and a list of our partners.

SHARE YOUR CONTACT INFO FOR 2022 GREEN REENTRY.

Prepare for an entry-level career in tree service and other plant-based industries. Green Reentry Job Training offers classroom instruction, hands-on training and service learning with a focus on environmental justice and stewardship.
 
This Providence-based training program includes OSHA safety certifications, employment skills building and on-the-job experience. Trainees will receive a weekly stipend. Industry-standard tools and personal protective gear will be provided. Assistance with transportation is available.
 
Applicants must be:
  • Formerly incarcerated or justice-impacted
  • Highly motivated to learn green industry skills
  • Excited to work outdoors as a part of a team
  • Able to lift 40 lbs & spend the day on your feet
Preference will be given to applicants who:
  • Live in Providence’s 02908 or 02909 zip codes
  • Have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19

**APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2021 GREEN REENTRY. SHARE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION WITH US AND WE WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN NEXT YEAR’S APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE (SUMMER 2022).**

SHARE YOUR CONTACT INFO FOR 2022 GREEN REENTRY.

For more information or for a paper copy of the application email info@gardentime.us or text or call (401) 996-4922.

DOWNLOAD THE GREEN REENTRY JOB TRAINING FLYER

Garden Time was one of 16 organizations to receive a grant from the Central Providence Health Equity Zone, convened by ONE Neighborhood Builders.

Read the Providence Business News article about the grants.