NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Every year, hundreds of people return to New Hanover county after spending time in prison, and a program that helps many of the returning citizens is now expanding.
LINC's residential re-entry program helps returning citizens transition back into mainstream society.
"We believe that whatever a man sow or woman sow the same that they shall also reap," LINC co-founder Frankie Roberts said. It's that old adage that the program aims to teach it's participants.
The program is getting a $600,000 federal grant that will help them reach more women who are coming out of prison.
"This partnership with Coastal Horizons and the city of Wilmington will create the substance abuse and the mental health aspect which we called co-occurring disorders," Roberts explained. "This grant is designed for that and it is designed to focus on women coming out of our local jail."
The expansion is set to launch in May.
LINC's Transitional Program can serve 40 residents at a time. The program provides transitional housing, job training, educational support and substance abuse treatment.
The program also has an Urban Farm that the residents work on to support themselves and learn and understand the 'sow and reap' adage that is so vital to the organization.
The food produced on the farm is donated, sold and consumed by the organization's residents.
For more information, please visit lincnc.org.