'Sweet Beginnings' is a Chicago-based organization that teaches former inmates how to harvest honey. For those who have spent a significant amount of time in prison, starting over can be a difficult and challenging process. Moreover, those who aren't able to find a stable support network tend to fall back into old patterns.
Sweet Beginnings aims to reduce recidivism rates by providing transitional jobs and a sense of community for former inmates. The organization employs former inmates and teaches them how to harvest honey from a number of apiaries in the Chicago area. The raw honey is then used to make honey-based skincare products such as lip balms, body creams and shower gels.
Not only are the recidivism rates of former employees lower, but the majority of those who work at Sweet Beginnings eventually go on to find full-time work. Indeed, the Sweet Beginnings model demonstrates how viable employment opportunities can help former inmates successfully reenter society.
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