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.
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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.