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U.Va. class secures grant for inmate work project

Monday - 8/20/2012, 5:48am  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - An academic exercise in grant-writing resulted in a financial boost for a Charlottesville program that provides temporary work for former inmates.

The Daily Progress reports ( http://bit.ly/TNSZ1e) that students in Christine Mahoney's spring course at the University of Virginia's Frank Batten Sr. School of Leadership and Public Policy secured a $20,000 grant for the local Offender Aid and Restoration office.

The funds from a private foundation will go toward OAR's "Coming Home to Work" program, which sponsors five former inmates to work for the city's Parks and Recreation Department for 25 hours per week for 10 weeks.

Mahoney says students worked in small groups on the grant-writing project and submitted five applications. One was rejected. Mahoney is awaiting word on three others.

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Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com


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