Federal Agency Partners with the Collaborative
United States Small Business Administration Partners for the MLK Sr. Collaborative “H.E.R.O.” Business Initiative
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – The Georgia District Office of the United States Small Business Administration, along with the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Martin Luther King Sr. Community Resources Collaborative, signed a two-year Strategic Alliance Memorandum and Co-sponsorship Agreement in support of The White House Reentry Initiative, a transition program for incarcerated adults within state and federal prison systems. The Collaborative’s Helping Everyone Reach Opportunities (H.E.R.O.) Business Program will provide training, resources and incentives to traditional entrepreneurs, small businesses and entrepreneurs who are also ex-offenders, employing ex-offenders. The main purpose of the H.E.R.O. Business Program is to provide job security for former offenders, by assisting them with creating, gaining and maintaining livable-wage employment and decrease the recidivism rate in the Atlanta, Georgia Community—whether through job attainment or job creation as entrepreneurs. The Collaborative’s H.E.R.O initiative brings unique programs to the community and this business program follows a very successful record restriction summit, which was the first step of the H.E.R.O series of events. The strategic alliance memorandum of understanding was signed by all parties Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
About the Collaborative – The Martin Luther King Sr. Community Resources Collaborative, also known as the Collaborative, is a community-based agency that opened its doors in 2013 and is named after Martin Luther King Sr., who was affectionately called “Daddy King,” from within the community. The Collaborative earned its non-profit 501(c)3 status in 2015 and is comprised of Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Casey Family Programs, Operation Hope, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services and WorkSource Atlanta. In keeping with its namesake’s tradition of community enrichment and empowerment, the Collaborative houses all of its agencies under one roof and collectively offers vital wrap-around resources and social-service programs to residents in the Old Fourth Ward, King Historic District and surrounding areas. The five key target service areas of the Collaborative are: Children and Family Services, Educational Achievement, Workforce Readiness, Housing Education Services and Family Economic Success.
“I am excited to report that our Collaborative had an amazing 2016 year in service to the community and I am honored to lead this great organization! We are humbled and grateful for the support that we receive daily from our partnering agencies, sponsors and the community as a whole. It is our commitment and goal to expand and strengthen our current resources and services, while continuously providing and exceeding client expectations and offering superior customer service,” stated the Collaborative’s Executive Director, Detria Russell.