A program that works to mentor formerly incarcerated individuals in West Contra Costa County celebrated three years of its work helping to rebuild communities on Saturday, July 18.
Nearly 50 people attended the three-year celebration for Men and Women of Purpose at Nichol Park, including elected officials, community supporters and program participants. Those in attendance included program staff, Vice Mayor Jael Myrick, Kathleen Sullivan, President of BWOPA Richmond/Contra Costa Chapter, Councilmember Vinay Pimplé, Frank Hancock and a representative of Supervisor John Gioia’s office.
The program offers mentoring, education, case management, employment and housing services to help participants transition from jail to the community. After receiving training, mentees then become mentors themselves and pillars of the community.
“We’re celebrating a second chance at a first-class life,” said Antwon Cloird, founder and COO of Men and Women of Purpose, “and showing how to unify ourselves into a common goal of having love, community and family.”
“We are giving our people a sense of pride and purpose in West Contra Costa County,” he said.
Other supporters of the Men and Women of Purpose program, located at 3029 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond, are: Councilmembers Gayle McLaughlin, Jovanka Beckles, Nate Bates, Mayor Tom Butt and City Manager Bill Lindsay.
For more information on Men and Women of Purpose, contact Antwon Cloird at (510) 837-4695 or visit www.mwpurpose.org.