Community Partner Spotlight: Constructing Our Future

Constructing Our Future is a community revitalization program dedicated to providing education, housing, and employment to post-incarcerated women in Marion County, Indiana while also mitigating Indianapolis' abandoned home problem. 

The Constructing Our Future program is a pathway for current and formerly incarcerated women to be re-integrated into society with the basic skills to build, repair, and revitalize abandoned homes and neighborhoods. The program is designed to address several main issues: employment and housing insecurity after leaving prison, recidivism, and urban renewal.

With this program, participants who are released from the Indianapolis Women's Prison are prepared to be independent, law-abiding citizens who give back to the community, one woman, one house, one neighborhood at a time.

Laura Latham, CEO of Flashlight Partners, is proud to be a Constructing our Future Partner. She meets with inmates to talk about employment requirements, resume assistance and regulations/policies that could affect their ability to attain work after they are released. 

Constructing our Future Partners are experts in real estate, trades, HR,  government, and other special programs. They give incarcerated women the support they need to reenter society, reduce recidivism, and provide resources. These programs help to promote positive influence and direction for the inmates, all improving their quality of life upon release, mending relationships, and developing success.

By working with Constructing Our Future, we begin to promote a society that helps to minimize stigma, eliminate policies that perpetuate repeat offenders and increase the ability for women and their families to thrive after incarceration. 

More information on Constructing Our Future can be found here: https://constructingourfuture.org/

 

At a recent event "A Night of Inspiration," Laura and her husband, Josh Latham (another Constructing Our Future Partner from Remax Advanced/Indy Pro Teams) met Michelle a former IWP inmate. Michelle served 20 years at IWP and now, in part to her participation in Constructing Our Future, is attending NYU for her Ph.D. in public policy.

At a recent event "A Night of Inspiration," Laura and her husband, Josh Latham (another Constructing Our Future Partner from Remax Advanced/Indy Pro Teams) met Michelle a former IWP inmate. Michelle served 20 years at IWP and now, in part to her participation in Constructing Our Future, is attending NYU for her Ph.D. in public policy.