Organizations helping offenders after release from prison with 'Take One'

(PHOTO: L. Owens / WCYB)

The Tennessee Department of Corrections is looking for community organizations to help former prisoners make it on the outside.

The state has a program called "Take One." It pairs prisoners with faith based and nonprofit organizations to help offenders with re-entry into society.

Corrections officials and state representative Johnny Shaw held a meeting at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church where they explained to different agencies how they could help.

"Some organizations are able to help persons with housing. They're able to help them with jobs. They're able to help them with tutoring help with their children. They're helping with parenting skills. They'll be able to help with clothing," Director of Religious Volunteer and Victims Services for TN D.O.C. Deborah Thompson said.

"Take One" asks each organization to mentor one offender.

In four years the program has matched close to 500-inmates with mentor organizations.