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New nonprofit providing tools, training for ex-offenders and veterans

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There are more than 15 individual bedrooms to house program participants during their stay. There are more than 15 individual bedrooms to house program participants during their stay.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The Old Louisville neighborhood is home to a new outreach center aiming to steer ex-offenders and veterans on the right path as they reenter the workforce.

New Legacy is a non-profit, 501(c)3 faith based organization founded by Paul Nelson. Nelson is currently accepting applications from ex-offenders who were previously incarcerated for non violent, nonsexual crimes. 

Veterans struggling to find a civilian career may also apply to be part of the program.

"We know we're going to change people's lives. We know it beyond a shadow of a doubt," Nelson said.

Too often, men released from prison end up there again. Nelson believes he has the tools to stop it at New Legacy.

"We're going to mentor and train them by teaching these men, and even women, construction trade skills through apprenticeship, vocational training and employment," Nelson said.

There are more than 15 individual bedrooms to house program participants during their stay.  Only men will be allowed to live on site. Two kitchens, offices and a library will also be part of the facility located near St. Catherine and Garvin. New Legacy is in a former office building that's been vacant for several years.

"We'd like to set a standard for reentry. It's their interest we're after. It's their well-being that's our focus," Nelson said.

New Legacy is also a member of the Louisville Reentry Task Force. Nelson plans to find referrals from the task force as well as local outreach programs.

Since New Legacy clients will be working on construction sites across the Metro, the organization we will be self sufficient. 

"We won't always have to be juggling and trying to maneuver for money," Nelson said.

New Legacy is set to open June 1. If you would like more information, click here.

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