Bridgeport nonprofit helps former inmates rebuild their lives after prison

Jasper Dudley, of Bridgeport, spent a decade in prison and is helping returning citizens get back on their feet with his program, From Quicksand Onto Solid Ground.

News 12 Staff

Jun 15, 2023, 9:44 PM

Updated 306 days ago

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A Bridgeport program is getting the attention of Connecticut's congressional delegation this week for its success helping former inmates rebuild their lives.
Jasper Dudley, of Bridgeport, spent a decade in prison and is helping returning citizens get back on their feet with his program, From Quicksand Onto Solid Ground.
"We're very open. We're able to share with each other, build each other up for the one common goal -- to be a positive person," said Dudley.
The group has 100 members, not one of whom has reoffended since joining the program.
"It's hard for a person that's coming home to get employment or housing, and we try to tackle those areas," Dudley said.
The top goal, he says, is to eliminate recidivism. The group does so through "a dynamic mix" of re-entry coaching, job training and mentoring.
"That's the way you kill the cancer. You have to help somebody -- and help that person help somebody else -- and you spread it just like that," said Justin Riley.
"When I'm struggling, I can call some of the brothers here, any of the brothers, at 2 in the morning, 3 in the morning, and they going to answer the phone call for you -- that's the difference," said Kim Finney.
"Being able to have this program, From Quicksand Onto Sold Ground, will give you that home," said Nelson Bernard.
The group says everyone needs a family and that they found a home with this group.
The group says while they appreciate praise from congressional leaders, they do not make political endorsements.
To donate, the group's CashApp is $FQSUSG.


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