Projects

Ready 4 Work Program

The Ready4Work Program is a comprehensive 5-week Job Readiness/ Job Placement Program. It is held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 AM-4 PM. The program provides each participant with a $10.50/hr -training wage. Clients will have access to our Peer Navigator program for up to a 1 year after enrollment in the Ready 4 Work cohort. Job readiness for each individual includes: resume and cover letter building, addressing interview skills, mock interviews, and role-playing which will provide feedback on demeanor, interview responses, and how to handle difficult interview questions. We communicate best practices for financial responsibility which include banking/credit building/checking and savings information, with account opening procedures together with a Financial Institution Associate.

Easing The Road Home

Many of our residents return to the District after spending years in faraway federal prisons where they are disconnected from their families and communities. According to the most recent count, we have approximately 67,000 returning citizens in the District. They are our neighbors, our coworkers, and the parents of our children. Most want to move past their mistakes and create a stable life for themselves and their families. We must ensure that our returning citizens have every opportunity to succeed. That is why I asked the Returning Citizens Subcommittee to identify reforms that would ease the return home for our formerly incarcerated residents.

Implementing The NEAR Act To Reduce Violence In D.C.

The Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results (NEAR) Act was passed by the Council of the District of Columbia in March 2016 in response to an increase in homicides the previous year. Its goal was to reduce violence in the District, but instead of perpetuating broken and ineffective “war on drugs”-style methods, it uses a community-based public health approach to violence prevention and intervention that is based – in part – on an innovative model pioneered in Richmond, California.

Transformative Justice

(TJ) seeks to provide people who expericence violence with immediate safety and long-term healing and reparations while holding people who commit violence accountable within and by their communities.

Restorative Justice Model

Reintegration Support Circles
What it is:

Reintegration support circles are a way to have a network of people who care about your success come together to support your transition home. Your circle will build stronger relationships, identify issues and solutions, write a plan and follow up on the plan so that everyone in the circle is working for your success.

How it works:

You, your case worker and a facilitator will be part of your circle. You will identify 1-3 other people to invite to participate in your support circle.

  • Family members
  • Friends/mentors
  • Pastors/Church members
  • Service providers
  • 12-step sponsors
  • Other supporters
Each of these people will learn about the circle and make a commitment to participate on a regular basis. With the help of a facilitator, your circle will meet regularly for 3 months to a year, depending on what feels right to the group and to you.

peer Navigator Program

The National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens Peer Navigator Program is providing a comprehensive mentoring approach. Our mentoring is a formal relationship with mutually agreed-upon goals defined by both parties. Through Peer Navigator mentoring relationships, we guide returning citizens toward stability, a change in behavior and a change in thinking. The returning citizen, (the mentee), defines their direction and goals while the mentor guides the mentee through their reintegration into the community. The mentor and mentee will be required to conduct 2-4 hours per week of contact. The contact may include, but is not limited to, telephone conversations and social visits (Cultural, Arts, Entertainment and Education), and may also include classroom work in the Ready4Work training. This relationship between the mentor/mentee is a 12-month commitment but also comes with a continuum of care after the end of that time period. Please contact us here if you are interested in this program.

National Reentry Network Membership

Currently, we are focusing on building a membership platform intended to serve our returning citizens and their families indefinitely. We strive to be there for our returning citizens and their communities, no matter the obstacle. Therefore, through our membership platform, we’ll be able to offer a consistent and effective support system for all returning citizens.

The Green Sustainable Institute

The institute has two initiatives targeted to help returning citizens reenter the job market. The first is the Green Building Academy which focuses on green cleaning techniques. The other is the Green Business Academy which focuses on the business side of green cleaning services. The Institute’s ultimate goal is to reduce recidivism through the removal of barriers to employment.

Reclaim The Vote

Reclaim the Vote DC was created to educate and organize people into utilizing the power of the vote to create actionable, beneficial change in their lives and the communities. We are committed to mobilizing those who have been historically oppressed, marginalized, and ignored by society. Our campaign, Reclaim the Vote DC, is run by a group of DC residents, DC organizers, and DC voters. Moreover, our non-partisan campaign focuses on voter registration, voter education, and voter mobilization and concerns itself with accountability, responsibility, and change.

Reentry Helpline

The National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens helpline is a free, confidential 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service for returning citizens reentering the community who are in need of reentry services. This service provides resources and referrals for employment, job training, family reunification, apprenticeship programs, food pantry, clothing, housing, mental health and/or substance abuse support. This service is provided to particularly aid those who are within the first 72 hours of their release, although any returning citizen can benefit from this service.

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