The Achievement Center
The HOPE Commission is in the forefront in the development of re-entry programming in the City of Wilmington. Principal among our strategies is leading the effort to develop a comprehensive approach to reintegrating ex-offenders back into our communities by providing them with the assessments, training, therapy, job placement and educational supports they will need to become more productive members of the community.
Under the direction and auspices of the HOPE Commission, tightly coordinated programming delivered by service providers located in the same building, committed to the same cause, and understanding the challenges common to the ex-offender population will offer a strategic approach to rebuilding families and transforming Wilmington’s most challenged neighborhoods.
How it Works
A key feature of the Achievement Center will be the use of case managers. Case management has been proven in a number of studies to be a critical factor in successful reintegration. Ex-offenders need personal attention as they try to navigate the complex demands and risks of the reentry period.
The major components of the case management reentry plan for each ex-offender shall include assessments and support services in the following areas:
Housing – This represents the most immediate challenge facing those returning to the community from prison. Establishing an address is central to being able to find employment, and securing housing is crucial to keeping transitioning individuals from ending up homeless.
Education – Any consideration of intervention strategies for ex-offenders must include an emphasis on obtaining a high school GED, adult literacy training classes and for some, basic computer skills training.
Employment and Training – Finding a job is essential to reducing recidivism and represents a tremendous challenge for ex-offenders. Thus, services that address job preparedness, job skills development, training and job placement will be a central element of each ex-offender’s reentry plan.
Mental Health and Wellness – Services such as drug and substance abuse counseling, mental health assessment and treatment, individual and family counseling, and spiritual well-being are an integral part of a comprehensive reentry approach.
Administrative Support – Will be needed to overcome barriers to obtaining the myriad of documents (driver’s license, social security card, birth certificate) and basic necessities that newly released individuals need as they return to the community.