REACHING BEYOND BARS
WHO WE ARE
Tens of thousands of Georgia’s prisoners are released annually and reenter our communities, and statistics show that 97% of the US prison population will one day be released. Many wish to become law-abiding citizens and have the best intention of living a conventional life upon release, yet most have very little job skills, lack a formal education, and experience discrimination in housing and job markets because of their felony records. As a result, they become our local statistics—the under-educated, the unskilled, the unemployed, the impoverished, the homeless, and those who dwell under the bridges. Unable to make it in the “free world”, over 60% are rearrested for a new crime within three years, causing further victimization and a drain on community resources.
Reaching Beyond Bars will break this cycle by providing educational tools and resources, marketable career training programs, computers and computer classes, financial literacy classes, Peer to Peer supportive services, Re-Entry Partnership Housing (RPH), and access to apartment communities that offer 24/7 felon friendly, clean-and-sober living environments. Our emphasis will remain on community involvement and volunteerism with a fluid rehabilitation and reintegration component.
Our programs are built around “love for all,” the redemptive agent on which individuals build a firm foundation and begin to make better life choices.