Collaborative effort to give incarcerated people a "Roadmap to Successful Reentry"

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Wednesday - April 27, 2016.

The RMO's latest collaborative effort is the "Roadmap to Successful Reentry" - a pocket-sized guide to help people incarcerated at Lancaster County Prison to prepare for release. The "Roadmap" covers every major aspect of life, including food, clothing, housing, transportation, family matters, employment, healthcare, mental health, addiction, financial matters, education and other needs. Staff at the Prison will give every person coming into LCP a copy of the Roadmap at intake, so they can begin thinking about and planning for release.

The "Roadmap" was created through a collaborative effort between many RMO partner agencies, including Lancaster County Prison, Lancaster County Adult Probation & Parole, Bridge to Community, Healing Communities partner churches, Tabor, Transitional Living Center, Spanish American Civic Association, Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, CareerLink, MidPenn Legal Services, Ambassadors for Hope, Compassionate House Aftercare, Mental Health America, Lancaster County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Lancaster County Behavioral Health/Developmental Services, and others.

Participants in the RMO's Reentry life skills course at Lancaster County Prison as well as returning citizens in the RMO's Successful Returning Citizens Mentoring Support Group provided input about what should be covered in the "Roadmap", based on what they most needed to know as they tried to prepare for release from incarceration and to navigate out into the community.

Funding for printing of the "Roadmap to Successful Reentry" is being provided by Bridge to Community and the Art & Selma Walters Trust. The "Roadmap" is a terrific example of the great things that can happen when agencies work collaboratively toward a common goal and collective impact for the good of the whole community.

Here's a recent Lancaster Newspapers article about the "Roadmap": 

http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/the-new-way-lancaster-county-prison-is-helping-inmates-released/article_06f7f5c0-08c4-11e6-bd6a-738b89d99bab.html

And here are links to a downloadable version of the Roadmap (designed to be printed on legal-sized paper, double-sided, folded in half lengthwise, then accordion folded into 5 small sections to fit into wallet or pocket)

 

 

 

Tracy's reflections on grace, giving back and not letting your past define you

on Tuesday - December 01, 2015.

Tracy's reflections on grace, giving back and not letting your past define you

We continue today to follow the StoryCorps challenge from David Isay to record stories from those whose voices are often not heard. Here's an interview with Tracy, one of the leaders in our Successful Returning Citizens Mentoring Support Group, sharing the wisdom she's gained in her 54 years of life so far about overcoming adversity, living with stigma, not letting your past define you, and being grateful.

Tracy's StoryCorps Interview

Keisha redefines having a "rich life"

on Monday - October 19, 2015.

Keisha redefines having a

We're doing a series of interviews with people who have been involved in the RMO, through StoryCorps, the national project that "provides people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives. We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone's story matters." 

Here's one of our interviews, with Keisha, who talks about listening to mentors, overcoming adversity, defying expectations, raising her children, what it means to have a "rich life", and giving back to the community she once harmed.

Here's the link to Keisha's interview:

https://storycorps.me/interviews/keisha/