Renascence provides safe housing and structured, ongoing support to men convicted of non-violent offenses, released on parole or probation. Our transitional program provides housing for up to twelve residents at a time. They remain for six to twelve months, based upon need and progression in the program.
This positive home includes structured programs/services which help residents obtain and keep employment and conduct responsible social lives. The program helps them overcome challenges with work skills and habits, chemical dependency, education, and family and community responsibilities.
Our primary aim is to foster individual change and positive growth. We accomplish this by changing an individual’s life style through a community of concerned people who work together to help themselves and each other. The highly structured environment with defined moral and ethical boundaries employs community imposed sanctions and penalties as well as earned advancement of status and privileges as part of the recovery and growth process. Being part of something greater than oneself is an especially important factor in facilitating positive growth. Each resident is responsible for his own behavior through rigorous screening, urine analysis and strict supervision.
Applications received from men eligible for the Renascence program are reviewed by staff. Pertinent information is prepared by the applicant with help from counselors and classification officers working with the Department of Corrections. Decisions are made within two weeks from receipt of application.
Once accepted into the program, residents of the home share household responsibilities that include maintaining our community garden. To foster a sense of pride and ownership, all residents help in repair and upkeep of the house. Long-term residents mentor newer ones. Giving to someone else and service work by residents are crucial parts of the process of reconciliation with society.
Residents are expected to do any remedial academic work necessary to bring them to General Education Level (GED), the equivalent of a high school diploma. They work around the house, perform community service and are also required to secure jobs away from the house, after an initial probationary residency. Residents help manage the house and attend house meetings and self-help classes. If they have a past history of substance abuse, they are required to attend recovery group meetings. Status and privilege are earned by consistent model behavior and by setting and attaining realistic goals. All residents contribute 25% of their wages to support the house. They are encouraged to put into a savings account an additional percent of earnings for use when they leave the program.
Rules and policies of the home include a nightly curfew and attendance at scheduled classes that include morning and /or evening house meetings.
Renascence changes the lives of men who, once they build self-respect, can make lifestyle changes that enable them to get and keep a job, pay their debts, refrain from addictive behaviors and become responsible members of society.