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Packers Give Back awards $250,000 to social justice organizations

Hope Through Restoration and Project RETURN, Inc. to receive $125,000 impact grants


Green Bay Packers Give Back announced that the organization has awarded two $125,000 Social Justice Impact Grants to Milwaukee-based organizations Hope Through Restoration and Project RETURN, Inc. The Social Justice Impact Grants aim to support social justice and racial equality causes in Wisconsin communities.

Both organizations serve individuals and families who have experienced the effects of incarceration and those who are at a critical crossroads in life. The grants will allow both nonprofits to help their clients overcome barriers and gain access to the resources and community they need.

Hope Through Restoration focuses on after incarceration housing and development programs and youth in transition housing and development programs. The organization meets individuals where they are in life and provides positive options for them to come into a healthy, clean and safe environment where they get personal support, engage in positive activities including employment. This environment also offers individuals hope-filled options and confidence in meeting the challenges they face with those who care about them so they are prepared for successful independent living while re-engaging with their families and being a positive influence in their neighborhoods and communities. To learn more, please visit

"We are grateful for to the Green Bay Packers Give Back program for engaging with us and supporting us in our mission of personal restoration for individuals that come from challenging situations," said LT Austin, Co-founder, CEO and Executive Director of Hope Through Restoration. "Through their restoration, they can, in turn, restore their families, neighborhoods and communities."

Project RETURN (Returning Ex-incarcerated people to Urban Realities and Neighborhoods), Inc., works to help individuals who have experienced incarceration to make a positive, permanent return to community, family and friends. Their key programs include job readiness, training, placement, holistic support and services. The funds from the grant will be put towards these services. To learn more, please visit

"We are so honored to be awarded this Social Justice Impact Grant from the Green Bay Packers Give Back program," said Wendel Hruska, Executive Director of Project RETURN. "This grant will have a huge impact on those we serve who are returning from incarceration back to the Greater Milwaukee Area. With this support we will be able to provide more assistance with employment, housing and counseling for those most in need. Thank you to Packers Give Back for making a difference in our community!"

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