This grant from the U.S. Department of Justice was used to expand and enhance My Sister’s Keeper’s mentoring ministry and offer vocational services through Goodwill to female offenders at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, Maine.

The two-year grant supported the Mentor ME program, serving 40 adult female offenders. The goals of the Mentor ME program are to reduce recidivism rates among female offenders and to increase public safety. By developing healthy relationships with offenders, mentors can provide hope, guidance and support.

CCSME collaborated with My Sister’s Keeper, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, and Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.