At ReGenHope, we are all about R.E.A.L. (Responsibility, Empowerment, Accountability & Legacy) – our strengths-based model for preparing returning citizens to successfully embrace their second chances. This five-step model focuses on identifying individual, family and community assets and building on them to promote positive, long-term change. Review: In getting off to a good start, we begin with a comprehensive review of the landscape, using a variety of research-informed assessment tools to rate both individual and community reentry-readiness:
- Self-assessment instruments for returning citizens to identify personal goals, valuable competencies, and existing resources, as they begin to map out a customized life plan
- A community assessment instrument that enables justice agencies to evaluate and proactively address community strengths and challenges that will have an impact on reentry success.
- Volunteer peer mentors and advocates, recruited from among formerly incarcerated individuals who have been successful, and trained to provide effective support, grounded in hard-earned personal experience.
- Family support groups, led by trained volunteer facilitators, that provide a safe and supportive space for exploring difficult topics, making critical connections, and sharing relevant resources.
- Community events to raise awareness and build alliances among government agencies and service providers; businesses, faith organizations and academic institutions.
- Finding and sustaining gainful employment and stable housing
- Making meaningful connections
- Embracing personal leadership
- Adopting healthy lifestyles
- Leveraging a network of life-enhancing community resources.
- Formal agreements with community reentry partners that outline a process for resource referral and access, based on individual housing, employment, educational, and healthcare needs
- Online community reengagement guides for locating prospective employers, affordable housing, reliable service resources, volunteer opportunities, and relevant public agencies.
- Peer mentorships and volunteer-facilitated support groups that enable returning citizens to openly discuss ongoing challenges, elicit effective advice for meeting them, and celebrate milestones met on the way to self-sufficiency.
R.E.A.L. Community Event
R.E.A.L. stands for Reaching Community Awareness, Community Engagement, Community Accountability & Leadership
The reentry program is developed and taught by people who have been impacted by and work in the justice system so that the community has a better understanding of the significance of the role they play in the reentry process.