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The Metroplex Economic Development Corporation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization established by Bishop T.D. Jakes in 1998 to bridge the socio-economic gap that exists in historically underserved communities. The core initiative of the MEDC is to empower individuals, families and entrepreneurs through the implementation of social and economic deliverables.

One of our initiatives is the Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative also known as TORI, a faith-based program providing services to formerly incarcerated individuals who have returned home.

The mission of TORI is to guide and empower ex-offenders to maximize their potential and increase their opportunities for successful reintegration into society therefore, decreasing recidivism and assisting clients to become productive citizens within their communities. TORI’s mission encompasses a holistic approach to comprehensive treatment and services.

TORI’s services include:

  • Intensive Case Management
  • Employment Coaching and Placement
  • Mentoring
  • Transitional Housing and Independent Living Assistance
  • GED and Educational classes
  • Substance abuse & HIV/AIDS/STD prevention & treatment
  • Family Reunification Counseling
  • Financial Literacy
  • Anger Management
  • Life Skills and peer support groups
  • Licensed professional counseling services
  • Chaplaincy Services

With the TORI program, our focus is more than just showing ex-offenders how to reintegrate back into society.  Far more important is our approach to help identify the propensities, choices and decisions that brought them to a negative end in the first place.

It costs the taxpayers $55 a day to incarcerate an inmate. It costs TORI only 98¢ cents a day to rehabilitate. Your support makes all the difference.  Will you help?

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