Individuals returning to the community from correctional facilities have significant and diverse needs that range from securing safe and affordable housing to identifying viable employment opportunities and accessing substance abuse or mental health treatment. Many of them have lost ties with those in the community during their period of incarceration. Case managers will provide a coordinated bridge from facility to community in order to help inmates successfully reintegrate into society.
Life Skills Training
Financial Literacy – The goal is to help inmates develop a realistic financial plan for post release by means of understanding and managing the basics of credit, banking, personal budgeting and other personal financial matters.
Employment Skills – The goal is to help inmates understand the soft skills needed to enter the workforce and how these skills are implemented on the job.
Job Placement Skills – The goal is to teach inmates to use available resources to successfully research, identify, and attain employment that provides a living wage.
Entrepreneurship Training – The goal is to teach inmates about entrepreneurship as a viable career option for creating sustainable income and how to access the information, tools and resources needed to become an entrepreneur.
For most prisoners, the “free world” presents obstructions and enticements far too forceful to overcome on their own. This is one reason why mentoring will be a core part of our programs. Studies show that the support and accountability provided by a reentry mentor can make the difference between a successful return to society and re-offending.
A mentor is a person or friend who guides a less experienced person by building trust and modeling positive behaviors. An effective mentor understands that his or her role is to be dependable, engaged, authentic, and tuned into the needs of the mentee.
Ideally, the mentor-mentee relationship will begin before the prisoner is released. That way, they can establish rapport and work together to develop a feasible reentry plan.