Mission: To visit women and men who are incarcerated and journey with them as they enter the community. Visitation is accomplished through weekly groups in jail and prison. After release, housing, case management, and transition groups are offered as we work to provide a model to the community of effective re-entry.
History: The staff of the Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach (SCPO) has a combined experience of 70+ years working with ex-offenders. SCPO mentors men and women who are incarcerated and has offered this service for 31 years. Historically, the success rate of these efforts demonstrates that 85% of the people who completed the programs have not returned to prison. These programs involved extensive mentoring efforts within the criminal justice system and a structured residency program with follow up guidance, available immediately upon release.
Primary nature of organization programs:
Nielsen and Jennifer Houses are residential programs for homeless men and women entering the community from jail/prison, in-patient facilities, and other situations of homelessness.
SCPO provides immediate housing services to 120 ex-offenders annually in a safe, structured environment. Specifically these funds will help provide food, clothing and shelter for these 120 ex-offenders. This curtails offenders from returning to impoverished neighborhoods where high crime and negative influences prevail. Housing will be provided immediately upon release in a one stop re-entry service allowing individuals to do the challenging work of re-entry in a secure, supportive environment.
At the Houses, each day is structured and supervised. Residents are required to be up and prepared to attend their individual program. Each resident is expected to complete a daily chore. Fulfillment of the individualized program is monitored closely by contact with agencies providing networking and supportive services. Promptness, appropriate dress and social skills are taught on a daily basis as part of the early development of job-readiness skills. Once stabilized and residents are "housing ready", they are offered the next step which is permanent housing in their own apartment while being provided support services including case management and rental subsidies.
Ex-offenders are typically released with little more than a bus token and their clothing. Homeless ex-offenders face a number of serious transitional issues. The issues can span from a lack of safe, affordable housing, serious addictions, mental health issues, a troubled social service system, problems integrating back into their family; all the way to unemployment, lack of education, insufficient identification needed for employment, and inadequate transportation.
We focus on: Human Services
Where we are: Monroe
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