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Thanks to our community of supporters for continuing to check in on TRI and our clients during this challenging time. Your love and kindness truly means so much right now. We want to provide a quick update of the work underway at The Reentry Initiative. As you might guess, things are moving quickly and constantly changing; but for now, here is an update as of 9 am on Monday, April 27, 2020.
- Gov. Polis has moved from a “stay at home” to “safer at home” state order effective April 26, 2020. Boulder County continues to mandate a “stay at home” order and TRI is required to comply with the county orders through May 8th, 2020. As restrictions are decreased, TRI will amend their operating status from limited to essential staff reporting to the office at 50% capacity.
- All TRI staff will continue to utilize phone and video conference to connect with participants (who do not have technology restrictions) for the purposes of enrollment, intake, assessment and support service requests. We understand that utilizing technology inherently causes anxiety and challenges when providing TRI’s services, that’s why we will do our best to maintain best practices, provide emotional and technological support when needed, and be flexible with participants who choose not to engage during this pandemic.
- TRI essential staff will be in the office on a weekly rotating schedule to disperse support services to participants who require in-person services. During those times, staff will be available to schedule pick up and drop off times for volunteer donations, support services and other essential services to keep participants safe. We ask that all participants and volunteers to request a scheduled time for in-person support to ensure social distancing and safe practices are upheld during the “safer at home” order.
- The TRI Welcome Back Center in Longmont is temporarily closed to participants. We are working closely with Central Longmont Presbyterian Church to set-up precautionary cleaning practices and policies for when we are able to reopen our doors (in accordance with government restrictions).
- The Colorado Department of Corrections continues to suspend all visitors and volunteers from entering any facility, including TRI’s educational programming at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. We continue to offer telehealth check in’s with our women enrolled in our pre-release program, in collaboration with their Case Manager’s inside the facility.
While our team remotely wraps services around current participants on the outside, we are always looking for ways our community can be involved. Currently, we are looking for donations to build more release backpacks for men and women who are receiving services through TRI. Here is our backpack list. All donations can be dropped-off to TRI’s Welcome Back Center when staff is on site weekly.
In the meantime, please let us know if you have questions. We may be a bit delayed in responding, but appreciate you and your concerns at this difficult time. Please stay healthy and, most importantly, stay home!
Emily Kleeman, LCSW
The Reentry Initative
What is The Reentry Initiative?
Founded in 2016, The Reentry Initiative is recognized for its unique, evidence-based process supporting individuals who are reentering the community from incarceration. In just three short years, TRI has evolved into a full-service organization offering a six-month pre-release course inside Denver Women’s Correctional Facility, followed by post-release wraparound services offered in both Longmont and Denver. Our Longmont-based Welcome Back Center provides these services along with the TRI House which is a home to women on parole in Longmont.
Based in Boulder County, Colorado, The Reentry Initiative empowers individuals as they transition from incarceration to a fulfilling and meaningful life. TRI is 1 of 19 reentry programs in Colorado funded by WAGEES to work with men and women parolees. Upon release we provide classes on self-sufficiency and connects participants with mentors and resources for mental health and substance abuse treatment as well as housing and employment. TRI is one of two programs in the state working with female inmates and the only in Welcome Back Center in Boulder County offering comprehensive wraparound services.
Why do we do what we do?
Because . . . No matter what mistakes people have made, they can positively transform their lives and regain respect. We believe:
if given support, treatment and responsibility, people can break the cycle of crime and incarceration.
that with the tools, individuals can change their lives, their communities and their stories.
in justice that restores and heals.