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Coming Home

The Coming Home Program is a life skills empowerment program for the previously incarcerated hosted by Social Justice Committee in collaboration with The Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty, and the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service.

If you are interested in helping fund this project, please visit our Go Fund Me page by clicking here.

Coming Home seeks to empower men and women who are returning to the community from incarceration.

Based on a well-established model with a track record of success, participants work with facilitators and mentors to support personal healing and growth, skill development, and reintegration into the community.

The program works to restore social justice by fostering communal accountability and care of all persons. Congregational involvement is encouraged by providing opportunities for awareness, education, community welcoming and celebration, and includes volunteer opportunities such as mentoring, meal preparation and community outreach.

The program consists of weekly sessions with the post-incarcerated participants, mentors and facilitators. Each session begins with a group meal, followed by a session on life skills, the sharing of personal stories in the context of a supportive group process, and one-to-one mentoring. Mentors work with participants to establish and implement personal goals.

Over the course of the program, a family-like community is formed through the creation of an environment based on safety, trust, compassion, and forgiveness.

Primary Program Components:

  • Life Skills/Community Building Sessions: Co-facilitators lead each session. Some sessions include invited expert speakers. Sessions focus on important topics including Goal Setting, Breaking the Cycle, Developing Healthy Relationships, Employment, and Housing.
  • Goal Setting with Mentors: Each participant works one-on-one with a trained mentor to develop short and long-term goals and to take action towards meeting those goals.
  • Personal Stories: Participants are guided in integrating their life experiences from past to present to future, through developing and telling their own stories.
  • Support Services: A social work intern from the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service works with participants to provide guidance and support throughout the Coming Home process.
  • Welcoming and Celebration: Congregation members welcome participants by providing food and sharing in meals. Members also celebrate with participants through joining in the Graduation ceremony at the end of the program.
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