Brunswick nonprofit to help jail prisoners get jobs

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PORTLAND — Coastal Counties Workforce has received a $500,000 federal grant to provide job counseling services to prisoners at the Cumberland County Jail.

The U.S. Department of Labor grant was announced June 4 by U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine. The Brunswick-based nonprofit will establish a job center to help soon-to-be-released prisoners prepare for and find employment, and provide followup services.

Project partners will include Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, Maine Department of Corrections, city of Portland, Catholic Charities and local employers.