Freedom House Reentry Education and Employment Corporation (FREE) is currently running a fascinating project which includes a first-of-its-kind marijuana grow facility that employs people of color who have been formerly incarcerated for marijuana-related offenses. Appropriately nicknamed “Two Million Square Feet of Hope”, the project is slated to create thousands of jobs with an average salary of $52,000 plus benefits.
“The FREE program is designed to assist individuals and their children after incarceration. By providing support through our program, we can help reduce the risk of future legal issues and help them on the path to lead productive lives,” says FREE program founder and entrepreneur, Dylan Hood.
Hood is the founder of Patria Partners and Patria Construction and has been described as the largest Section 8 landlord in the Chicagoland area. He also founded the successful real estate brokerage firm, Dylan Hood and Associates. But despite amassing significant success in the construction industry, he realized it wasn’t his calling.
“After working with numerous tenants and other people in the neighborhoods of Chicago, I realized that there was a major need for helping people re-enter society,” Hood explains. “Men and women coming directly out of prison. Children of incarcerated parents. And veterans with criminal justice involvement.”
The FREE program has seen much success, helping dozens of families since inception. However, there’s still more work to be done. The organization’s grow site needs to raise a total of $500,000 through donations and is currently accepting funds for various aspects of the project including lights, tables, irrigation, an extraction lab and more.
To support this program call or email: 1-833-782-FREE [email protected]