ARC believes that reentry begins well before an individual leaves prison. Our model of support combines educational and rehabilitative programming inside detention facilities, with reentry services upon release.
ARC provides its membership with mentorship, mental health services, supportive housing, access to jobs and education, and opportunities to advocate for criminal justice reform. This comprehensive approach to reentry improves individual outcomes and increases the health and safety of communities throughout California.
IT ALL STARTS ON THE INSIDE
ARC staff and formerly incarcerated members regularly travel to prisons and detention facilities across California State to provide rehabilitative programming, host policy workshops, and bring hope to incarcerated men and women.
Youth Offender Parole Workshops
ARC collaborates with Human Rights Watch and a network of statewide advocates to host workshops at prisons throughout California, informing men and women of their eligibility for youth offender parole under SB 9, SB 260, or SB 261, and inspiring them to make the necessary changes to successfully return to their communities.
Peer Mentorship Program
ARC staff and members conduct weekly mentoring workshops in the compound at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall, which houses youth in Los Angeles County who are being tried as adults. ARC’s peer mentorship program is designed to help shift the mindset of incarcerated youth to support better decision-making by helping youth build positive relationships with encouraging peer role models.
Ride Home Program
Through a collaboration with Stanford University's Justice Advocacy Project, under the leadership of ARC Board Member Mike Romano, ARC members help ease the transition for returning citizens by providing a ride home from prison, meeting them at the gate the moment they walk free. During the ride home, members prepare these individuals for their first few days after release, and provide tools and resources to help participants transition back into the community.
ARC serves as a positive and encouraging community, so that members feel empowered and capable as they transition home. Below are some of the specific ways we support members during the reintegration process.
Licensed therapists and MSW student interns provide one-on-one counseling sessions, as well as group programming for members. Life Coaches connect members to a range of services and resources, including legal support, identification, public benefits, and transportation needs.
ARC's mentorship program is designed to help members develop a strong sense of self and a purpose in the community. New members are paired with peer mentors at intake and, ultimately, become mentors themselves. ARC also provides mentorship opportunities for members with volunteer Allies.
ARC hosts regular retreats to promote peer mentorship among the membership, and to provide opportunities for healing, self-reflection, and goal-setting. In the videos below, ARC highlights its River Rafting Retreat and Catalina retreats.
ARC HOUSING AND EDUCATION INITIATIVE
In 2014, ARC conducted a survey of its members to determine their greatest need for successful reentry. While staff anticipated that employment opportunities would be identified as the top reentry need, members, instead, identified housing as their number one need – more critical to their success than employment, education, trauma therapy, or mentorship opportunities. In response, ARC launched its Supportive Housing and Education Initiative.
Located in the foothills of Sylmar, California, the Bromont Housing program fosters a strong relationship with Los Angeles Mission College and their focus on the four year college transfer, as well as culinary and media arts. Our presence in community outreach and employment opportunities further impacts the success of our residents and the surrounding community.
Maximum capacity: 36 residents
Located in close proximity to Los Angeles Trade Technical College, the Magnolia Housing Program supports residents in pursuing higher education goals, along with a host of alternative career pursuits. The community established within and around the Magnolia program proves to be a solid launching point for a stable, sustainable transition for its residents.
Maximum Capacity: 22 residents
Jobs and Education
ARC guides members in enrolling in education and/or securing fulfilling employment to build experience, accountability, and self-sufficiency. Case Managers support members in identifying educational and vocational opportunities, and guide members through the enrollment, transfer, and financial aid processes. ARC also offers soft skills and job training workshops that help members build self-confidence, preparing them for placement in part- or full-time jobs.