A returning citizen is a person who has just been released from prison. These people often need assistance learning skills for gainful employment. Many of them have families. The HELP Program is designed to show these individuals a new direction in their lives.
Recidivism refers to a person’s relapse into criminal behavior, often after the person receives sanctions or undergoes intervention for a previous crime. The HELP Program reduces recidivism.
The goal of the HELP Program is to provide services that support at-risk and marginalized young adults 16 to 30 years of age. HELP attempts to aid and guide these individuals out of poverty, dangerous environments and possible homeless conditions.
We help returning citizens to re-enter the community.
We work to inspire hope by providing a caring community of support based on the belief in the basic human rights ofALL to stable housing, employment and education/training. Their goal is to find and maintain employment and become fully self-sufficient and contributing members of our society. Our mission is to assist them through these key areas:
– networking with other community resources and fellow Returning Citizens
– personal development and skill training
– financial assistance and financial literacy
– assistance with securing job/housing opportunities
We seek to build a continuity of support and systems of accountability to measure success. We work to encourage awareness within our local parishes and communities to the stigmas and demoralizing barriers encountered as they seek to sucessfully re-integrate.