What We Do
At ReEntry by Design, we understand how complicated life can get when reentering society after being incarcerated. We realize that every individual faces a unique set of challenges which, if not planned for, can easily result in one’s going back to prison. By addressing these challenges long before having to face them in “the real world,” we not only equip the individual with solutions to these problems, but also provide them with a deep sense of relief knowing we are there to assist them every step of the way. One of the greatest benefits of working with the staff at ReEntry by Design is that the person who helps design the release plan will be the same person who helps the person put it into effect once released.
WE START BY ENGAGING WITH INDIVIDUALS AS EARLY AS 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO RELEASE AND WORK CLOSELY WITH THEM TO IDENTIFY THE LIFE THEY WOULD LIKE TO LIVE.
We design these plans with the individual, not for them. By doing this, we end up with a plan that is based on the needs and wants of the individual. For life to be meaningful, it must first be meaningful to the individual living it.
We employ the “Whole Person Approach,” a method that takes into account the importance each part of the life has on the whole life. We recognize that failure to plan in any one of these areas can, and often does, result in a failed attempt to remain free. Prior to release, we systematically move through nine modules addressing these aspects of one’s life.
We remove as many of the uncertainties as possible prior to release day. We realize that not every problem can be solved in a year, that’s why we continue to work with the individual long after they exit the prison. In fact, our hope is that the individuals we mentor will someday become mentors themselves, giving guidance and encouragement so that others can follow in their footsteps.
The Whole Person Approach
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Core beliefs - exploring the mindset of the individual +
In this module, we begin by exploring the mindset of the individual being assisted. Risk assessments are performed to gain a better understanding of the unique challenges each individual encounters when returning to society after a period of incarceration. A release readiness assessment is performed to determine how mentally prepared an individual is to reenter society. Areas needing special consideration are identified and discussed. Existing belief systems are explored and defined. We discuss the significance of being armed with the answer to the question, “Why?” as it relates to the motivation behind our decisions and chosen paths. We discuss the concepts of authenticity, inherent purpose and how we identify ourselves. We conclude by revisiting the question regarding the individual's level of commitment to a brighter future.
Health - addressing the health issues the person is facing +
In this module, we discuss the individual’s physical and behavioral health. We identify possible ways to mitigate the effects any conditions may have on the individual’s life. We also discuss the impact these conditions could ultimately have on risk of recidivism if not accounted for. We address substance abuse/misuse issues and cover Medication Assisted Treatment options as well as the importance of engaging with a professional counselor and support groups. If behavioral health concerns are present, we coordinate with behavioral health partners to properly plan for continuity of care upon release.
Family - analyzing the family relationships and dynamics +
In this module, we take a look at the individual’s definition of family. We work to gain a better understanding of the relationships within the family. When reunification is possible and desired, a plan is constructed to begin that process. We assist the individual with establishing a line of communication with family members whenever possible. We help both the individual and the family recognize that how one perceives the situation may not be how the other perceives that same situation and we work to facilitate understanding between both parties.
Leisure pursuits - finding enjoyments in life +
In this module, we address the importance of having hobbies and leisure time activities. For many individuals exiting the prison system, this means refraining from many of the activities they engaged in which ultimately contributed to their incarceration in the first place. Many admit to not knowing what they like to "do for fun" because they've never been sober enough to think about it. We discuss possibilities and programs that are available to them and encourage them to commit to allocating time to exploring safe leisure pursuits.
Society - fostering healthier relationship with the community +
In this module, we discuss the “Big Four” predictors with regard to recidivism; history of antisocial behavior, antisocial personality patterns, antisocial cognition and antisocial associates.
We educate both the individual being released and supportive family members on how these predictors can be managed. We provide education on alternatives to the “old way of thinking” and employ the Thinking for a Change Curriculum as a tool to accomplish this.
We also discuss practical matters which include fostering a healthy relationship with one’s parole/probation officer, choosing friends carefully, engaging in support groups as needed, and avoiding common pitfalls experienced by individuals as they reenter society after a period of incarceration.
Finances - professional guidance to improve current and future finances +
In this module, a financial assessment is performed. Authorization to access personal records is obtained allowing for review of the individual’s tax and credit history. Financial goals are discussed including retirement options. Outstanding fines, fees and restitution are reviewed so that reasonable resolutions can be sought out. Motor vehicle holds/suspensions and child and/or spousal support obligations are addressed when applicable.
Career - helping the individual find employment +
In this module, we discuss career options, possible employment options upon release, training opportunities within the prison, current skill sets, aspirations and sense of purpose.
We also work to ensure that upon release, the individual has all necessary documentation for I9 verification including state ID, Social Security Card and birth certificate. Whenever possible we have a job lined up for the individual before release. Our objective for job placement is 100% of those in the program.
Housing - helping the individual find accommodation +
In this module, we work with the individual to determine most appropriate housing options taking into consideration family situation, parole/probation requirements, proximity to family, services and employment, and sensitivity to environmental risk factors.
We work collaboratively with the family, the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department and the Community Supervision arm of the Arizona Department of Corrections Reentry and Rehabilitation.
Additionally, we work with Federal Probation for those with Federal supervision requirements. We collaborate with numerous community service providers to ensure that the most suitable housing situation is achieved.
In this final module, we discuss the process of growth. We cover the concept that growth is never complete, but a process through which we travel over our lifetime. We explore how this concept pertains to each of the topics covered in the previous eight modules.