Successful Returning Citizens Mentoring Support Groups in Lancaster

on Monday - September 08, 2014.

The Lancaster County RMO, in partnership with Bridge to Community, is launching Successful Returning Citizens Mentoring Support Groups in Lancaster, starting Sept 17, 2014.

These groups are for any returning citizen looking for encouragement, positive role models and information on resources and strategies to help them become successful, productive citizens in the community.

The groups are led by highly successful returning citizens who understand both the challenges of having a criminal record AND the positive pathways to success in overcoming those challenges.

Every Wednesday (starting Sept 17, 2014)
7:00pm – 8:30pm
@ Ebenezer Church
701 North Lime St
Lancaster, PA 17603
(corner of Lime & New)

These groups are based on a highly successful model that started in Harrisburg about 5 years ago. An independent evaluation of these groups found that participants who attended at least 16 weekly sessions have a 96% SUCCESS RATE (only a 4% chance of recidivism/returning to prison) The PA Board of Probation & Parole endorses these groups and has advocated for launching these groups in every county in Pennsylvania. We're delighted to now be offering them in Lancaster.

Click here for a flyer for the Lancaster groups.


MENTORING: “Faith in Action”

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Tuesday - March 27, 2012.

Why Community Outreach Is Vital
  • About 450 offenders are released every month from Lancaster County Prison and return to our local communities.  In addition, roughly 500 formerly incarcerated persons come back annually to Lancaster County from state prisons.
  • Mentoring is an integral part of beginning better lives.   Mentors give guidance and demonstrate healthy, trusting relationships in the quest to help offenders navigate the many challenges and opportunities they will face.
  • The Lancaster County Re-Entry Management Organization is partnering with Justice & Mercy and Highland Presbyterian Church to offer a new mentoring program, which has been established to facilitate offenders' readjustment to society.

You can demonstrate your own "Faith in Action" by becoming a Community Mentor.