Terrebonne Parish’s $20,000 contribution a ex-offender re-entry program will result in a total $1.9 million investment over the next three years, Councilwoman Arlanda Williams reported tonight.

In March, the council approved giving $20,000 to the program under Goodwill Industries in Houma to help a fund a full-time community coordinator.

The program provides services for those released from prison within the past seven years, providing skills training, case management, mentoring and employment services.

That investment is now being matched with a $636,000 annual grant from the state Department of Corrections over the next three years, Williams said.

That $20,000 “is going to yield $1.9 million to the citizens of Terrebonne Parish to give them a second chance,” Williams said, calling the program her “legacy project to go out on.”

“We have some business as far as re-entry and having these people given a second chance to get back into to our society and be productive,” Councilman John Navy said.

The council also voted tonight to move forward with three projects: begin engineering for the road through Bayou Country Sports Complex between La. 311 and Valhi Boulevard; installing fall protection equipment at the adult softball complex and Airbase Park; and installing sun shades over the playgrounds at Mechanicville, Dumas, and Gum Street parks.

The parish is expected to cover the expected $600,000 cost to finish the road through the sports park to help alleviate traffic during major events.

The two other projects are funded by Recreation District 11 at a total cost of about $71,000.

Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or julia.arenstam@houmatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.