Our vision is to see both lives and communities transformed – and we believe that starts with the individual.
We partner with corrections facilities in Maine to provide avenues for both juvenile and adult offenders to get re-integrated into the community. We believe there’s potential hidden within everyone, and that it just takes a little digging to discover and learn to use it – this is what we set out to do.
Our philosophy is based on the idea that the improvement of the individual leads to the improvement of the community. We believe that through our partnerships and projects, we can impact the communities surrounding us in a positive and transformative way.
When released from the corrections system, many offenders have no choice but to return to the same environment that took them off track in the first place. This often results in a cycle of repeated offenses, which in turn create a drain on our legal systems, law enforcement, and of course, the individual themselves.
How We Do It
Phase One: We provide programs and activities to juvenile and adult offenders while they are in custody of the corrections system. These programs and activities include (but are not limited to) things like mentoring, tutoring, music, culinary arts, bible study, and recreation. We hope to eventually become the preferred organization of the Maine Department of Corrections when these kinds of services, programs, and events are needed.
Phase Two: We provide programs and services to those released from the corrections system. These include (but are not limited to) housing, employment training, mentoring, tutoring, and more.
It is our goal to provide an alternative, one that offers hope and an opportunity for a changed life. Hidden beneath their crimes and addictions are leaders, artists, culinary geniuses, craftsmen, counselors, lawyers and so much more. We want to provide the opportunity and platform through our employment, mentorship, and housing programs for juvenile and adult offenders to share their talents, learn how to be valued employees, earn an income, obtain their GED and other certifications, get their driver’s license, and learn new skills.
We are working with law enforcement agencies, trained counselors and other professionals, community leaders, and lay persons to provide environments and support systems to give people transitioning from lock-up the tools and support needed to become successful, independent, and contributing citizens. As we give chances to those who’ve been given up on so many times before, we’re hoping to help change not only their future, but the future of the communities they inhabit, as well.
We believe it takes the support of the community to ensure the success of people transitioning out of lock-up and into independent living; we are committed to collaborating with as many partner agencies as possible. This includes (but isn’t limited to) the Maine Department of Corrections, Long Creek Youth Development Center, The Friends of Long Creek, and various other community organization and churches across Maine.