OUR Facility

Promise Place is a 24 hour, seven-day a week transitional living facility for women released after prison. Promise Place seeks to provide a safe environment that empowers women to begin again with supportive guidance.

With twenty beds, 24/7 staffing, and a unique system of moderating the daily activities of residents, Promise Place offers an essential point of contact prior to the journey home.

The areas Promise Place is designed to nurture are:
  • advocacy
  • empowerment
  • civic engagement
  • education
  • employment/vocational training
  • family support & reunification
  • child welfare support
  • housing
  • mental health
  • recovery from substance abuse
  • life skills


"A promise must never be broken."

-Alexander Hamilton




OUR Residents


Since many of the women have experienced criminal histories, drug and/or alcohol struggles, separation from children/families and often domestic violence, the staff of Promise Place is trained to guide with understanding and compassion. Residents are given up to one year to secure housing and demonstrate a willingness to reenter society on the best of terms. In addition to the expectation of securing work and home, residents are encouraged to participate in positive group and recreational activities. Restorative, esteem building interactions, coupled with strict guidelines that reinforce accountability, aim to promote fresh outlooks on harmful thinking patterns.

OUR Staff


The staff at Promise Place monitors and encourages the women in the facility as they begin their search for employment, reunite with family and solidify home plans. The staff assists up to twenty women at a time, providing food, structure, meetings, job preparedness and directing them toward other resources necessary for rebuilding an interrupted life. The staff recognizes that each woman passing through the facility has a unique set of circumstances they must overcome. The staff works as a team to provide residents with meaningful direction, and to foster a climate that gives each woman a clear shot at a better future.

PREA Compliant

[Prison Rape Elimination Act]
The Department has a zero tolerance for institutional sexual abuse. Anyone who engages in, fails to report, or knowingly condones sexual harassment or sexual abuse of an inmate shall be subject to disciplinary action and may be subject to criminal prosecution.

Sexual Abuse includes: Sexual abuse is defined as any type of unwanted sexual contact. When sexual contact is accomplished through fear, threat or implied threat, it is considered sexual abuse. Staff on inmate sexual misconduct will not be tolerated. It is against state law for a staff member, contractor or volunteer, to engage in any type of sexual behavior with an inmate. Sexual Harassment includes: Repeated and unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal comments, gestures, or actions of a derogatory or offensive sexual nature.

Methods for Inmates to Report Sexual Abuse or Sexual Harassment:

  • Verbal or written report to any staff member
  • Submission of a DC-135A, Inmate Request to Staff Member
  • Incidents of sexual abuse, sexual harassment and retaliation can be reported in writing by sending correspondence via U.S. mail to the BCI/PREA Coordinator at 1800 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110
  • Request more information from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, P.O. Box 400, Enola, PA 17025
Methods for Civilians to Report Sexual Abuse or Sexual Harassment:
  • Incidents of sexual abuse, sexual harassment and retaliation can be reported in writing by sending correspondence via U.S. mail to the BCI/PREA Coordinator at 1800 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110
  • Submit a report online at www.tipsubmit.com using the PREA Complaint Form


Downloads

Annual PREA Report
PREA Approved Web Site


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