JUSTICE. REENTRY. FAMILY. Empowerment.
Our main service is the
gift of encouragement
The clients at our Reentry Center
face a staggering number of obstacles as they move forward in life
with a prison record. The clients visiting our Day Program come
from Dauphin County's Female Work Release Center, Capital Pavilion,
or just walk-in. Although
we offer a computer lab, individual counseling on resume building,
as well as job and housing search assistance, our main service is
the gift of encouragement. In addition to these services, we offer
referrals to collaborative agencies in the area that help us meet
individual needs. As encouragement takes root, we often see the
beginning stages of empowerment. Empowerment provides the building
blocks for hope and healing as our clients become reunited with
their families, and community at large.
Our Day Program has served 222 clients
in our United Way Grant year (July 2015- June 2016) with more than
60% maintaining employment, leading to financial independence. For
years we have had over 200 employers who have successfully hired our
clients and work with us on a regular basis. Typically, two/thirds
of our clients are women, and about one/third are men, all of whom
we have been serving for 8 years. Representing a great deal of
cultural diversity, our clients reach out by calling or dropping in;
they are encouraged to let us know how well they are doing.
We have begun a new Family Reunification program for women in Work
Release. Children, aged birth to 18, visit with their mothers and
reconnect on Saturdays. Family Care-Givers are able to bring the
children to our Center on three Saturdays of each month. From Work
Release, the women come in for an early morning Parenting Support
Group, then the children arrive for much needed family interaction.
With support from the United Way and In His Presence Ministry under
the direction of Pastor Leah Payne, we are able to offer high
quality family activities as well as healthy meals that the families
help to prepare. We keep our families engaged after prison release,
and begin to see a new level of empowerment in our participants.
This is an invaluable service for both the children and mothers.
Each week, our program walls extend to
the closed walls of Dauphin County Prison, as our Reentry Center
Director takes our curriculum, along with a message of
encouragement, directly to prisoners. Life changing strategies are
offered to the women who attend our Pre-Release Support Group