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Re-Entry Program Supervision

A Board of Directors supervises the Program.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of local Clergy and Businesspeople who have a genuine concern for acclimating ex-offenders into the local community. They meet monthly at the Monroe County Correctional Facility in Snydersville, Pennsylvania.

Ex-Offender Board of Directors

Board of Directors Meeting:

Pictured, from the left, are Carol O’Neill, Secretary; Chaplain Jerry Ingravalle; Larry Burnett; Dr. Sarah Camaerei; Fr. Theodore Petrides, Vice-President; Pastor John Magee; and Robert Smith. Not pictured are Pastor Edward C. Kimes, President; Pastor Steve Sayer, Treasurer; and David Williamson, Esq

Program Segments

The Program is divided into four (4) segments including Resources, Assessment, Mentoring and Support. Details are provided below.

Resources

We are linked with state and local agencies to facilitate employment, education, housing and counseling, depending upon each client’s particular needs. We also network with other Re-entry Programs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in order to provide a continuum of support.

Ex-Offender Resources

Mark Earley, President
Prison Fellowship Ministries,
speaking at
Justice and Mercy Workshop
for Re-entry Programming,
September 2004

Attendees at Justice and Mercy Workshop for Re-entry Programming September 2004:
Justice and Mercy Workshop Attendees
Justice and Mercy Workshop Attendees 2
Justice and Mercy Workshop Attendees 3

 

 

 

 

Assessment

An assessment occurs to ensure that the ex-offender has completed the requirements for participation and that their specific needs can be met by our organization.

Mentors receive a synopsis of this assessment for their review prior to meeting with the prospective client. If the Mentor is comfortable with the individual, a meeting is scheduled at the Monroe County Correctional Facility prior to their release from jail.

Meeting with Ex-Offenders

Meeting with Ex-Offender at Monroe County Correctional Facility

  • This meeting is primarily introductory in nature.
  • The Mentor and the ex-offender discuss similar interests.
  • The Mentor sets expectations.
  • The ex-offender speaks to what they expect to get from the Program.
  • A date and time to meet once the ex-offender is released is set.

Mentoring

The Mentoring element begins with a seven-hour training session. A training session is scheduled approximately every four months.

Prospective Mentors are trained in the basics of mentoring techniques including listening skills.

They develop an understanding of what the ex-offender dealt with while incarcerated. They learn how to avoid becoming a victim or an enabler. They learn what resources are available, and how to access them.

Mentors are assigned by gender. As more Mentors are trained, the assignment criteria will include religious denomination and geographic location.

Mentor Training at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church

Mentor Training at St. John's Roman Catholic Church
Mentor Training at St. John's Roman Catholic Church 2







Support

Support Groups exist for both ex-offenders and Mentors. Generally, the participants meet separately.

The Ex-Offender Support Group Coordinator leads a Bible Study. The ex-offenders are encouraged to stay in The Word and follow Christ in their daily lives.

Discussion centers on practical application of biblical teachings and ways to cope with re-entry problems.

These meetings occur monthly at Light of the World Church in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Re-Entry Support Group Meeting

Ex-Offender Support Group Meeting

Mentor Support Group Meeting

The Mentor Support Group meets monthly at the East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Discussion centers on the rewards and frustrations associated with mentoring.

Mentors are assigned to Mentor Coordinators who offer support and encouragement on a regular basis. The Mentor Coordinators will also assist with emergency situations as they arise.

Ex-Offender Support Group Meeting 2
Ex-Offender Support Group Meeting 3

 

 

 

 

 

Our Objective for the Re-Entry Program

We want the ex-offender to develop the feelings of faith, trust and love that come from an association with a local church.

Acclimation into a church family enhances the spiritual growth that is necessary for complete re-entry to occur. The encouragement of the Mentor and the support from the extended church family bring the ex-offender into a relationship encompassing forgiveness and responsibility.

Some examples are below:

Ex-Offender Worship Service

After a Worship Service

Offering Testimony at a Church Mission fair

Offering Testimony at a
Church Mission Fair

Ex-Offender Clean-up Days

Clean-up Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essential Elements

Mike with Ex-Offender Graduate

Director Mike Tabery and a
“Graduate” with her Family

All of these are essential for someone to feel loved, accepted and develop a sense that they have worth. Once we know that we are loved and accepted we can take responsibility for ourselves and share our love with others.

Ultimately, all our clients return to the community and reconcile with their families in order to pass what they have received on to others.