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Windows to Work is a voluntary program designed to assist incarcerated men and women in making a successful transition back into the community. The program provides inmates from the Taycheedah Correctional Institution and Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution with education, support, and other case management services.
Windows to Work coaches serve as the client’s advocate, working with the Division of Community Corrections and other services to help participants get on track and start a new life. Services are provided 6-9 months prior to release and for a minimum of one year after release.
Pre-Release Help: Participation in group and individual sessions will start 6-9 months prior to release. Weekly groups will discuss information such as criminal and addictive behavior/thinking, general work skills and expectations, job search tools, financial literacy, rental education and community resources.
Post-Release Help: For a minimum of one year after release, Windows to Work case managers work with the client and their community corrections agent to help participants find and keep employment, locate suitable housing and transportation options, and provide connections for education, skills training, and supplies needed to successfully transition back into the community.
Case Managers will also assist with:
- Employment skills (resume writing, job searching, interview techniques)
- Interpersonal and social skills
- Education Advancement
- Goal setting
- Budgeting and money management
- Positive parenting techniques
- Counseling (as needed)
Inmates from the Taycheedah Correctional Institution and Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution can voluntarily participate in the program.
Participants must also:
- Be planning to release to Brown, Outagamie, Manitowoc, or Sheboygan County
- Be within one year to release at eligible institution
- Have at least one year post-release community supervision
- Be willing and able to work full-time or part-time if attending school
- Have met the recommended supervision level by the Department of Corrections
Windows to Work is a grant-funded program through the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and the Bay Area Workforce Development Board.
These people were right there to help me. They helped me get a job, a place, and I’m still doing good. ”
I am very thankful for such an amazing opportunity to get a head start on a new life.”
I’m truly thankful for what it’s done for me and there’s no doubt I wouldn’t be where I am now without their help.”
I’m an inmate who meets the eligibility requirements. How do I enroll in Windows to Work?
Please connect with your institution social worker who can refer you to the program.
I’ve already been released from prison but did not complete the pre-release portion of the program. Am I still able to participate?
No, Windows to Work is unable to work with individuals who did not complete the pre-release portion of our program.
I am an inmate at a different correctional institution but will be released to one of your covered counties. Can I participate in your program?
Windows to Work is a statewide program that is offered at a variety of correctional institutions. Please speak with the staff at the correctional institution where you are incarcerated to see if it is offered. We are able to accept clients as transfers into our program post-release on a case-by-case basis, so long as they complete the pre-release portion of the program.