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ARAMARK has enabled Emerald to follow out its vision of “Managing a safe, secure environment, while meeting the needs of our stakeholders (which includes our residents); encouraging an environment that promotes humility, respect, encouragement, positive reinforcement, and an eventual successful reintegration of our residents back into their community”, stated Warden Rivas from the SLRDC.

The IN2WORK program trains inmates in proper food production skills. At the close of the training, a test, approved by the National Restaurant Association, certifying satisfactory completion of its nationally recognized ServeSafe program is administered. These skills are crucial in helping inmates gain skills that contribute to a more successful transition back into society upon their release.

This program, together with the Turning Point Program, promotes employment opportunities for the residents that were not there before. “We promoted this opportunity, without the knowledge of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). When they heard of it, news spread throughout the country, including Washington, D.C. They were astounded and pleased! On October 27th, we will celebrate our first graduation from the IN2WORK Food Service Certification Program with nine proud graduates. There will be six of our partners from the BIA in attendance, in addition to folks from our community (City of San Luis)”, said Warden Rivas.

The response from the program participants has been overwhelmingly positive. The participants had to apply to the program, like you would any job. They were interviewed and went through a selection process. The participants have been dedicated to the program, which shows in their high test scores.