"Paying It Forward, One Returning Citizen At A Time"
Life skills and peer support are key components of reentry during the transitioning stage. Sharing Resources can create networks of local support systems.
"A Conversation with Bessie Elmore"
Life turned upside down for Bessie Elmore in 1992 when her son William was sentenced to natural life in prison. She started a support group for people who had a loved one who was incarcerated. Little did she know at the time that she was preparing herself for a career in reentry.
Addressing barriers around housing and employment, essential in demonstrating the ability to become a productive member of the community. Temporary housing programs (12-18 months) offering life skills, peer support and financial literacy, to support stability for independent living.
"The Straight Talk Support Group & Resource Center Transitional House Pt.2"
Visions can start with idea or a thought, and missions drive actions. It can start from a conversation or any type of communication.
"William Elmore on What Straight Talk Support Group Means to Him"
Support groups are an integral part of providing awareness, sharing information and nurturing healing.
"TV Skywriter - Bessie Elmore from Straight Talk Support Group - 11/6/2016"
Getting involved to see the greatness in others is a rewarding benefit to all parties involved. Examining reentry from a social or criminal justice perspective creates an opportunity for understanding and empathy.
"Bessie on Courage Cocktail on WCOM FM 103.5 - 11/2015"
Connecting the reentry needs of justice involved individuals with local and national resources can help families assist impacted family members and loved ones.