Crossing HOME, Dakota HOMES, R.A.I.N. & My Father’s House have joined together to provide healthy reentry solutions in faith-based homes for those who have demonstrated a commitment to personal growth as part of their rehabilitation – men and women (plus their children) in recovery, or exiting the criminal justice system. This is accomplished by creating networks of welcoming churches, landlords, employers, volunteers and community agencies that assist them in readjustment to their local neighborhoods, in maturing spiritual awareness, in assuming personal responsibility for their past actions, and becoming industrious members of society.
Crossing HOME is organized under My Father’s House, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit ministry designed to help develop and implement comprehensive and collaborative strategies that address the challenges posed by reentry and recidivism reduction. “Reentry” is not a specific program, it is a process that starts when an individual is initially entering treatment or incarceration and ends when they have been successfully reintegrated in his or her community as a law-abiding citizen. The reentry process includes the delivery of a variety of evidence based services in both a pre and post setting designed to ensure that the transition from prison, jail, or treatment into the community is safe and successful.
Almost 2.3 million individuals are now incarcerated in America, and with over ninety percent of these individuals scheduled to be released, the Second Chance Act of 2007 (H.R 1593) includes mentoring as a response to the increasing number of inmates returning to our communities. As a peer-to-peer advocate, Crossing HOME’s post-release evidence based curriculum utilizes job training and life coaches, similar to mentoring in other pre and post-release programs offered within some correctional and treatment programs, as significant elements of its reentry strategy.
According to Minnesota Department of Corrections Grant D. Duwe’ research released in 2012; “… results show that offenders who met with mentors both in prison and in the community after their release from prison (“mentor continuum”) had much lower recidivism rates for all four measures in comparison to offenders who did not meet with a mentor or only met with a mentor in prison (p. 22).
“The findings show that, holding the other factors constant, a continuum of mentoring significantly reduced all four measures of recidivism, decreasing the risk by 44 percent for rearrest, 52 percent for reconviction, 95 percent for new offense reincarceration, and 62 percent for technical violation revocations” (p. 28).
Crossing HOME has seen successful reintegration into the community for adults in recovery, and those exiting the criminal justice system, when safe sober housing is combined with employment and a mentor continuum of faith-based life coaching. When residents learn new life skills at our homes, there have been positive results and when using this reentry strategy, we have experienced reduced incidents of relapse and a recidivism rates far less than the national average of over seventy percent.