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Dear Friends,

Thanks to our community of supporters for checking in on us and our clients during this 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 change; but for now, here is an update as of 9 am on Tuesday, March 23, 2020.

  • The Colorado Department of Corrections has suspended all visitors and volunteers from entering any facility, including TRI’s educational programming at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility.
  • All TRI staff are utilizing 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.  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.
  • The TRI Welcome Back Center in Longmont is temporarily closed. We are working closely with Central Longmont Presbyterian Church to set-up exterior hand washing stations for when we are able to reopen our doors (in accordance with government restrictions).

While our team remotely wraps services around current participants on the outside, we are asking for your help in supporting participants who may be feeling more isolated and alone in their communities. The “shelter in place” order means that they are entering into a period of more isolation and possible disconnection from family, friends, employment, treatment, mentors and volunteer supporters. You can help by writing a kind letter or note to a participant in our program.  Please postmark your mail to TRI by Monday, March 30.

We will also continue to fight for criminal justice reform. During this time, we are seeing people who are currently incarcerated being subjected to significant risk and health concerns. Please follow us on Facebook for the latest on what is happening in criminal justice in Colorado and the Country.

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!

Best,

Emily Kleeman, LCSW
Executive Director

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.

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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.

Simply punishing the broken—walking away from them or hiding them from sight–only ensures that they remain broken, and we do too. There is no wholeness outside of our reciprocal humanity.

Bryan Stevenson “Just Mercy`