Michael Barlow Center / About
St. Leonard’s Ministries developed the Michael Barlow Center to provide education, training, and job placement services for formerly incarcerated men and women. This three-story facility opened its doors in March 2005. The ADA compliant building includes six classrooms and three meeting rooms. Classrooms include a completely equipped commercial kitchen and an 18-station computer lab with internet access. The Center staff includes a job developer and a retention counselor. Education and training opportunities are provided through collaboration with a variety of community partners.
During its most recent fiscal year, 224 men and women received services through the Michael Barlow Center. Forty-eight individuals completed the high school program and fifty-eight students completed skills training classes. 67% of those who found employment retained jobs into and beyond the sixth month benchmark.
Michael Barlow, 1952–1996
Michael Barlow was a former resident and staff member at St. Leonard’s Ministries. His commitment to rebuilding his own life touched the hearts of everyone he met. When he died in 1996, he left behind a legacy of hope for those who would follow him through the doors of St. Leonard’s Ministries.