NGO Funding Request


The recipient entity's full legal name:  The Way Training Center

The recipient entity's physical address:
           809 E. Northern Ave.
Crowley, LA 70526


The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           809 E. Northern Ave.
Crowley, LA 70526


Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Joshua K. Scanlan, Gerard B. Morgan

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  8292

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $350,000

What type of request is this?  Capital Outlay Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Name Title Mailing Address
Joshua Scanlan Director 426 W. Spruce St. Crowley, LA 70526

Barry Thompson Board Member 809 E. Northern Ave. Crowley, LA 70526

Rodney Lafosse Secretary 809 E. Northern Ave. Crowley, LA 70526

Melton Schexnayder Board Member 809 E. Northern Ave. Crowley, LA 70526

Larry Franke Board Member 809 E. Northern Ave. Crowley, LA 70526

Patrick Fontenot Board Member 809 E. Norhtern Ave. Crowley, LA 70526

Ryan Post Board Member 809 E. Norhtern Ave. Crowley, LA 70526

Gerard Morgan Incorporator 2565 N Cherokee Dr. Crowley, LA 70526


Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Overview

It is our mission and purpose for people with life-controlling issues to experience healing, restoration, and changed perspectives so they can reach their full potential in society!

The Way Training Center plans to operate a residential training facility to train and equip people with life-controlling (i.e. drug addiction, gambling problems, alcohol addiction) issues to become an asset to their community. Training will take place through hands-on vocational training, character development classes, and a healthy support group. The program will be long-term residential with the intention of helping as many people a year as feasible.


Training

The residential program is designed to help people who feel they have life-controlling issues that impair or cripple their ability to function in normal society. This would include a person whose habit has become so destructive it is infringing on his/her work/family life and causes him to be unproductive in society.

The first means through which a student is trained is our hands-on vocational training. We equip people with a trade by allowing them to do a supervised internship. This is a monitored on-the-job vocational training program by a vocational professional. The student receives hands-on training in a specific trade or craft. This enables restoration to the student by teaching this person a trade and empowering them with the skills to find a job in normal society.

The second means through which a student is restored is character development classes. This curriculum is taught over 14 classes with personal homework assignments. The different classes help the student assess and evaluate the root problems for their destructive behavior. The student is required to have a passing grade on individual tests and a final exam to be considered for graduation from the program.

The final way a person will benefit from The Way Training Center’s program is a healthy support group. It is the intention of this organization to connect people to society and empower them to function successfully. In order for a student to successfully complete the 12-month program they must show a successful transition into society. Completing a resume, job interviews, solidifying a job and finding a place of residency in the community, accomplishes this objective.

The Way Training Center’s staff and volunteers are the students’ network and support group through the entire journey. Each student is assigned a specific staff or volunteer to mentor them in private sessions. In these sessions the students are allowed to share their concerns, fears, and frustrations. This mentorship continues upon graduation. The student can feel empowered, as they have the ability to find a job, hold a job, maintain a place of residency and connect with a support group to walk this journey with. Staff and volunteers will conduct the vocational-training program and character development class sessions.

Five Phases of the training program

Phase 1—Recognition of destructive and habitual thoughts that lead to substance abuse.

Phase 2—Focus on healing the wounds of past failures and broken relationships.

Phase 3—Character development and spiritual growth with a discovery process identifying personal strengths and setting individual goals.

Phase 4—Continuing Care Planning includes employment/educational plans, housing, financial planning, relationship skills, support system evaluation, leadership skills and relapse prevention. This may or may not be residential, but generally these centers involve Phase I activity, as well as providing pastoral counseling and referral.

Phase 5—Re-entry – generally for those graduates needing additional assistance in education, transitional housing, securing jobs or job skills, but can involve other reasons.


What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $0
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $275,000
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $76,534
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          Residential Care

The Way Training Center intends to offer housing to people who have experienced crisis due to life-controlling disorders. This residential care will be long-term housing (12-months) and the potential candidates must meet the requirements for the application process. Staff and volunteers will carry out the daily activities and oversight. It is in the residential care program that the basic human needs of the students will be met (i.e. food, water, shelter, clothing etc.) The residential care program differs from a homeless shelter, in that we help people who feel they have life-controlling issues that impair or cripple their abilities to function in normal society. Therefore, our mentor sessions, character development classes, and support groups are in effect to empower this specific group of people to be an asset to their community. It is in the residential care that the student will receive the services outlined above (On-the-job vocational training, character development classes, support groups.).

It is in the Residential Care part of the program that our corporation intends to invest the state monies. We have the desire to purchase a facility that has the capabilities of housing 35-50 residents. We know of a commercial property for sale that is in our area and is perfect for our goals and objectives. However upon the purchase of the facility it demands the renovations of $76,533.50. This includes state and local government codes that we must comply with in order to serve the public and fulfill our corporation’s goals and objectives. The monies received through the Capital Outlay Appropriation will be used in it’s entirety for the purchase of a new facility. The money left after the purchase of a new facility will be used to renovate the newly purchased facility. All of the monies requested ($350,000) will be used to fulfill our goals and objectives through the expansion and renovation of a new residential facility.

Upon approval of the state monies, this will allow our corporation to house more people and therefore become part of the solution to the drug epidemic that has struck the nation. Among the many renovations foreseen, included in the expansion are more rooms to house people, classrooms for training purposes, and offices for the administration of our program. A fire sprinkler system must be installed to comply with state and local fire codes, along with a multi-family septic system to comply with local sanitation codes.

The expansion and renovation of our facilities will allow our corporation to operate as a regional facility. This will create opportunity, but not limited to any and all Louisiana residents.

The proposed facility for purchase is located at 395 VFW Dr. Crowley, LA. 70526. The commercial property is listed for sale with Southwest Real Estate LLC 100 Central St., Suite 200 Lafayette, LA. 70501. The property stands on 1.6 acres of land. The actual facility is 3,340 square feet total operation space. The potential facility has 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Our vision is to spend the state monies to completely renovate the center, whereas it will have the amenities to house 35-50 men, thus allowing our organization to serve the state of Louisiana as a regional facility.


Statistics concerning Louisiana:
• In 2013, about 224,000 individuals aged 12 or older were dependent on or abused alcohol within the year prior to being surveyed. Of these 94% did not receive treatment!

• In 2013, about 95,000 individuals aged 12 or older were dependent on or abused illicit drugs within the year prior to being surveyed. Of these, 86% did not receive treatment!

• Cited source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Behavioral Health Barometer: Louisiana, 2014. HHS Publication No. SMA–15–4895LA. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2015.


What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          The Way Training Center is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established for the restoration of persons with life-controlling problems, especially drug addicts and alcoholics. The objectives to accomplish this are:

• To provide competent residential care at Training Centers in a 24-hour supervised and safe environment.

• To assist family members of substance abusers through awareness and mentoring with the goal of developing strong families.

• To provide communities with preventive awareness about drug and alcohol abuse, and AIDS through literature, seminars and public meetings.

• To provide random drug testing to ensure that recovering addicts remain drug free.

• To offer The Way Training Center residents opportunity, through training, to develop life skills by:

a) Providing a structured program that encourages faith in God through prayer and developing spiritual life which gives the strength to live free from drug and alcohol addiction.

b) Providing mentorship, which helps addicts understand the causes of addictions and how to live drug and alcohol free.

c) Developing adult literacy classes so that residents may have greater opportunities for advancement, employment, and chosen vocations.

d) Helping former addicts fully reintegrate into their families and communities as productive citizens by offering assistance in securing gainful employment.

e) Maintaining a follow-up program for recovering addicts to prevent them from relapsing into drug and alcohol abuse and thus helping them maintain healthy home environments and strong local communities.


What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           The intended length of time for a student to successfully complete our program is 12 months. It is our deepest conviction that within the proposed 12 months a student who has successfully completed the steps of the program will be empowered with the skills to complete a resume, job interviews, solidify a job and find a place of residency in the community. Students who successfully complete our program will possess the knowledge to operate in society free of life-controlling disorders. Students will hold the abilities to fully reintegrate into their families and communities as productive citizens by securing and maintaining gainful employment. We have opportunities for graduating students to be trained in our Leadership Training Program or LTP. This is a short or long-term internship where the student participates in the daily activities of our program.

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
                 N/A
    
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:
                 N/A

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:
                 N/a

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:
                  N/a

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 
               N/A

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:
               N/A

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:
                N/A

          What is the nature of the relationship?  N/A

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:
                 N/A

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               N/A


Contact Information
name:  Joshua Scanlan 
                                       address:  426 W. Spruce St.
Crowley, LA 70526

                                       phone:  337-945-8798
                                       fax:  337-788-3461
                                       e-mail:  scanlan2105@yahoo.com
                                       relationship to entity:  Director