The Issue: Safe, Drug-Free Housing for Former Offenders
When women are released from prison or jail, many of them lack access to safe, drug-free housing, according to a study distributed by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Unsafe environments, combined with other risk factors such as a history of substance abuse or health concerns, can lead to new criminal charges or parole and probation violations.
The Campaign: Helping Formerly Incarcerated Women
If this Grassroots campaign raises $400, then Dismas House can provide four women entering its transitional housing program with welcome kits. The kits include new clothes, toiletries, a sheet set, a blanket, and a pillow. Each additional $100 raised will provide a welcome kit to another woman entering a Dismas House.
Dismas House residents experience a safe housing environment while they transition back to living in the community, and they also receive guidance and support from case managers, fellow residents, and volunteers. Group sessions—including life-skills courses, trauma groups, and relapse prevention—are also available to them.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Dismas Network helps formerly incarcerated individuals transition back into their regular communities by providing safe, family-style housing. Residents typically live at a Dismas House for four to six months and receive case-management services, such as assistance finding stable employment and permanent housing. Along with a family-based housing system, residents can receive counseling as they participate in group lessons and therapy sessions and serve as active household members by helping with chores and meals.