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Published on: 11/4/2013 12:13 PM
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The Santa Clara County Faith Re-Entry Collaborative is a network of multi-faith religious institutions, community organizations, and volunteers established to provide transitional services to newly released inmates. We offer hope, compassion, forgiveness, trust, and accountability together with immediate and long-term support to individuals and their families as they return to the community from incarceration.
 

The Function of Faith in Re-Entry

 
Recent studies on the impact of faith in re-entry have shown that faith-based approaches to re-entry bring added value in the treatment of substance abuse, safe and affordable housing, strong social and family support, education, and employment.

Faith-based organizations offer strong supportive and welcoming environments, and provide assistance that draws upon community values, culture and faith traditions.   They promote a change of heart, transforming individuals from the inside out, restoring them to a better life. 
 

Our Story.....

 

2012 

 

January

  • Faith Re-Entry Collaborative Constituted
  • Over 30 individuals and organizations pledge to support the Faith Re-Entry Collaborative

Feb-March

  • Leadership committee convened to establish mission statement and organizational structure

April - May

  • Housing, employment and supports are identified as most critical needs of those recently released.  Working groups established to support these needs.

June - Aug

  • Collaborative moves from planning to program Implementation

November

  • Three Faith-Based Resource Centers: Mission Possible, Good Samaritan and Destiny, are contracted and implemented
  • First Annual Faith Re-Entry Collaborative Resource Fair 

 

2013

 
Feb - March
  • Peer mentorship program established and training courses convened from community members interested in supporting ex-offenders.

April - Present

  • The Faith Re-Entry Collaborative continues to build capacity and community partnerships.

Today:
  • Over 200 clients served through the 3 Faith-Based Resource Centers
  • Over 100 faith and community partners