Support | Preparation | Education | Advocacy
PROGRAMS & PROJECTS.
DREAMi affords opportunities for redemptive growth and success through a holistic approach at reentry. More than curriculum, we are a company believing in redemption, restoration, and equity for returning citizens. Through resources, programming, education, and more, we work to combat recidivism by focusing on desistance - one's ability to change
A one-of-a-kind curriculum crafted by The DREAM Initiative (DREAMi) that consists of 15 self-paced modules ranging in times from thirty minutes to just over one hour. Based on evidence-based theories and practices, these modules teach various aspects of reentry to encourage a successful track and increase the likelihood of desistance by implementing cognitive behavior theories, dialectical behavior practices, and research-proven tactics. By offering various ideas and concepts, Transition Pathways emboldens a shift in one’s mindset.
Crafted by a returned citizen, this curriculum addresses the critical areas that present issues for returning citizens and develops strategic, housing, employment and education plans, resumes, cover letters, and allows for notes to be taken in the modules for future references.
Time: 12 weeks
Exodus Support Group
A multi-phase program and support group for returning and returned citizens looking for solidarity, resources, tips, and a safe place to speak freely. Participants will be walked through the pitfalls and hardships of returning to a society that places an instant stigma and generalization on those looking to get their lives on track, develop strategies for mindset changing, and chart plans for post-release success.
Time: 3-5 years
Each year approximately 700,000 individuals return home from state prisons in the United States and an additional 9 million are released from county jails. More than 10% of those coming in and out of prisons and jails are homeless in the months preceding and following their incarceration (Council of State Governments, 2016). Being homeless, unstably housed, or living in a high-crime neighborhood all heighten an individual’s risk of reoffending (Andrews & Bonta, 1995).
It is during their return that most returning citizens encounter extremely difficult times. From gainful employment to stable housing, reconnecting with family to identifying vital resources, Restoration Transition Homes' purpose is to develop a holistic approach to reentry that addresses the tough issues, provides education, resources, and support, and establishes a solid foundation for reentry success.
PROJECT 180 is a workforce opportunity, development, and placement program geared towards returning and disenfranchised individuals in the United States. With a nationwide focus on recidivism and a likelihood to re-offend, DREAMi has identified a critical void in programmatic curriculum and opportunities that address the apparent need for workforce development, employability, education and tutoring assistance, HiSET prep, therapy, behavior modification, mentoring, substance abuse counseling, and lifestyle navigation.
A collection of resources, trainings, and tools geared towards the community surrounding the returned citizen. These opportunities include training centered around rebuilding and mending relationships with a focus on the children of returning citizens. Nearly 1 in 33 children have a parent that is incarcerated, how best to support a returning citizen in the workplace, appropriate terminology, and an update of laws, incentives, and initiatives that impact employers, and training for peers and vetted returned citizens to become liaisons between state staff and admin and the returning citizen.
Over the next five years, we intend to develop programs, opportunities, initiatives, and efforts to increase a sustainable and solid environment and society.
Phase: Pre and post-release