About Home of Hope
What is Home of Hope?
Home of Hope provides post-incarcerated young adults with room and board, life skills development, medical and psychological evaluations, legal assessments, education/trade skills evaluation, and additional programs that assist in providing the building blocks necessary to have a self-sustaining life.
Why Establish a Home of Hope?
- Most post-incarcerated individuals are unable to support themselves
- Provide them the opportunities for employment and career development
- Live in a judgment-free zone and supportive environment
- Receive legal, medical, and psychological evaluations as well as assistance
- Have the support needed to help keep the Home of Hope young adults out of situations that would cause them to be reincarcerated
How to Run a Home of Hope
- Secure a home that can house a small group of participants
- Hire house Mama’s and Papa’s to run the home
- Review applications of post-incarcerated young adults and invite individuals in
- Spend one on one time with participants to get to know them and their individuals' needs and desires
- Appoint or work with their case manager
- Locate medical professionals: doctors, psychologists, optometrists, dentists in the area to partner with
- Assist in life skill development
- Create collaborations for trade-skill training and job/career placement assistance
- Work to bring businesses to the area.
- Assist in getting the participants involved in the following programs
Transition Pathways - A one-of-a-kind curriculum crafted by The DREAM Initiative (DREAMi) consists of 15 self-paced or instructor-facilitated modules. Based on evidence-based theories and practices, these modules teach various aspects of reentry to encourage a successful track and increase the likelihood of desistance by implementing cognitive behavior theories, dialectical behavior practices, and research-proven tactics. By offering various ideas and concepts, Transition Pathways emboldens a shift in one’s mindset. Crafted by a returning citizen for returning citizens, this curriculum addresses the critical areas that present issues for returning citizens and develops strategic housing, employment, and education plans, resumes, cover letters, and allows for notes to be taken in the modules for future references.
- Strategic Planning and SWOT
- Housing and Employment
- Finances and Budgeting
- Credit and Credit Repair
- Fees and Obligations
- Expungement and Pardon Education information for all 50 states
- Critical Thinking and Decision Making
- Anger Management
- Substance Abuse
- Mental Health and Managing Relationships
- Graduation and Review
Exodus Support Group - Exodus is a six-month, two-phase program and support group for returning citizens looking for solidarity, resources, tips, and a safe place to speak freely. Participants will be walked through the pitfalls and hardships of returning to a society that places an instant stigma and generalization on those looking to get their lives on track, develop strategies for mindset changing, and charting plans for post-release success.
PROJECT 180 - Project 180 is a workforce opportunity and development program geared towards returning and disenfranchised individuals in the United States. With a nationwide focus on recidivism and a likelihood to re-offend, DREAMi has identified a critical void in programmatic curriculum and opportunities that address the apparent need for workforce development, employability, education and tutoring assistance, HiSET prep, therapy, behavior modification, mentoring, substance abuse counseling, and lifestyle navigation.
Statistically, there is a direct relationship between economically disadvantaged communities and the likelihood to commit crimes and a correlation between unemployment, low median incomes, single-parent homes, and educational success. Project 180 works to combat the current statistics through evidence-based programming geared toward a, often, disregarded demographic. Education and employment status are two strong predictors of involvement in criminal and delinquent behavior. Programs that focus on targeted skill development for career preparation can benefit those undergoing reentry or currently on destructive paths.
Although we cannot affect an individual's static criminogenic needs, the overall goal of Project 180 is to adjust their dynamic criminogenic needs. We are confident that there will be a significant difference observed in our target demographic with these offerings.
Career and Entrepreneur Development - The Returning Youth Initiative will be implementing a Nationwide Franchise System providing multiple career and entrepreneur ownership opportunities across various franchise companies (Barbershop, Office Cleaning Services, Florist shop, Restaurants, etc.) to returning youth. As the initiative expands, we aim to establish these franchise businesses throughout the 3142 Counties Nationwide close to our Safe Haven Community Centers and Home of Hope locations.
HOW IT WORKS:
- We will interview the prospect to identify their work skills to see where they can work best.
- We will provide an Employment Agreement with benefits.
- We will provide the proper training and support.
- We will monitor the post incarcerated behavior, punctuality, and work ethics.
- After the post-incarcerated person has demonstrated great work ethics and responsibility, we will offer the opportunity to become their own boss by owning their own Franchise business.
- The Returning Youth Initiative will lend the post-incarcerated youth the total cost of the franchise business with the condition of repaying the loan within 10 years.
- We will ask the Franchise owner to provide the same job opportunity to other returning youth.
- Repeat the same process all over again.