Being released from prison can often be a traumatic affair. Society often places a stigma on ex-prisoners that can make out difficult to find gainful employment, fair housing and most importantly, self-esteem. Many ex-offenders find themselves in financial difficulty upon release from prison, they feel a burden on their families and society and often revert to crime, leading back to prison.
In 1999, Mr. Julio Medina founded Exodus Transitional Community. Exodus was founded on the principle that individuals cannot be successfully released from prison without resources to support the transition from prison to society.
To provide supportive services to formerly incarcerated men and women in order to help them reintegrate into their communities, therby acheiving socila dna economic well being and breaking the cycle of recidivism.
The mission of Exodus Transitional Community is to provide supportive services formerly incarcerated men and women and help them reintegrate into their community, hopefully achieving social and economic well-being and helping to break the cycle of recidivism.
The Exodus Transitional Community works with soon-to-be-released prisoners wrought a five-day program called the “Exodus Contract.” The Contract leads participants in goal setting in employment, education, family/relationships, spirituality, health/physical fitness and community involvement.
Participants focus on each aspect of the Contract and set realistic goals to achieve success upon reentry. Individuals work with an Exodus Contract Coach who helps them stay on course while reaching short-term goals, then reassign those goals and setting new ones to continue achieving success.
Contract Coaches help participants with employment services such as resume and cover letter development, interviewing skills, clothes and effective job search techniques.
In addition, the Exodus Transitional Community work together in academic and career programs that feature series of workshops, lectures, hands on training and group exercises that help students identify career goals and help devise a plan on achieving these goals.
Another program that helps with reentry is the Substance Abuse & Anger Management Services. This is provided by the Alternatives to Domestic Violence Group and the Addictive Personality Group. Each of these groups and workshops help individuals recognize their drug/alcohol and anger problems and teaches them a way to address these issues.
Funding for this program comes from private donations, faith supporters, and foundations dedicated to improving the lives of formerly incarcerated prisoners. Donations are gladly and gratefully accepted.