What We Do

img_96A 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.

Our Program
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.

The HELP Program, a Marianist mission based in the St. Francis de Sales Parish, seeks to provide transitional support with dignity to re-intregrate former offenders into our communities as confident, productive, self-sustaining citizens. Most experience discrimination in job/housing markets and are often under-educated with no current job skills.

We work to inspire hope by providing a caring community of support based on the belief in the basic human rights of ALL 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:
– evaluation/counsiling/mentoring
– 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.

Our partnerships include the AMOS, St. Vincent de Paul, Ohio Justice and Policy Center, Purcell Marian High School and more.
The goal of the HELP Project 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.
HELP is designed to address systemic issues of chronic poverty, low educational achievements, cycles of criminal activities and homelessness while seeking to empower individuals to change the course of their lives through counseling, training, mentoring, legal assistance and job placement.

 

HELP serves members of the Cincinnati community who have incredible potential but need motivation and assistance to move past their actual and perceived limitations due to disconnection with community resources, lack of personal and social skills, educational deficiencies and other challenges that prevent them from reaching their personal best.