Principles That Work
As the needs of the people and communities we serve change so, too, do our programs. What doesn’t change though are the underlying principles.
Forge a human connection & the impossible can happen.
When inmate volunteers build relationships with their peers in prison, transformation can happen in even the darkest situations.
A continuum of support is critical.
Peer-to-peer efforts, such as pre-release planning, start in the prison and then continue after an individual re-enters their community.
Service is the highest expression of the human connection.
Finding purpose in difficult circumstances by serving others produces a transformative experience like no other.
Since our inception, we’ve been tracking the qualitative and quantitative evidence and adjusting our approach to optimize outcomes.
Mentoring and education needs to address all dimensions of a person.
Mentoring and education needs to address all dimensions of a person. That means the practical and physical aspects of making of new life. It also means the psychological and spiritual.
Our Solution to Recovery & Re-Entry is Symbiotic.
Recovery from addiction affects 95% of prison populations and thus must be a focal point of any successful re-entry program.
“Sometimes it’s not what someone is saying but how they’re saying it. Do you like their vibes? After I heard Joe speak,
I got certified and became a peer volunteer. It’s helped me more than it’s helped others because now
I realize I have something to offer.”
Support Services Councilor
The Triage Program
Triage is derived from the old battlefield medical term for assessing the immediate needs of an individual in distress. At GCHH, we use this term to describe our approach to meeting the most urgent needs for people returning to their communities:
Many people are left at bus stations without adequate means for returning to their homes. Our transportation services include transport from the facility after release; and transport to and from critical appointments, such as initial parole or probation intake, Social Security, Department of Economic Security, and medical clinics.
Many people leaving prison have nowhere to live. Through our relationships with sober living, faith-based, and transitional housing organizations, we provide immediate and long-term housing solutions.
Many people have no clear idea where to find sustainable employment and also fear rejection and discrimination. GCHH mentors provide access to current and accurate information and resources for employment, while helping to break down barriers of fear and ignorance born of previous bad experience or untrue rumors.
“Our recovery programs involve all-encompassing lifestyle reconstruction. These classes are not for the faint of heart.”
Position of Neutrality
PON was started approximately 15 years ago. The purpose of the teaching is to bring forth the transformational experience described by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous in a relevant and tangible way. This is accomplished by transcribing audibly the basic text entitled: Alcoholics Anonymous The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered From Alcoholism, from which the fellowship was named.
“Recovery is about helping people overcome the ‘human condition’ however that manifests for them. It’s about freeing them of their self-limiting thoughts and allowing them to become a better person regardless of what the perceived problem is.”