To enhance the lives of those affected by addiction and incarceration through faith-friendly housing options designed to instill hope, accountability and self-reliance.
Crossing HOME provides a structured program in which individuals find support from the larger community around them. Volunteers empower members by providing and maintaining healthy housing environments, finding sustainable employment, and community agencies that can satisfy more specific needs of the individual. The network of volunteers is committed to maintaining a healthy environment of accountability that can allow members to successfully readjust to their neighborhood.
According to a 2013 study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an estimated 21.6 million Americans 12 years or older fell under the classification “substance dependence or abuse” in the preceding year, which accounts for 8.2% of that age range’s population. They also found a notable treatment gap for drug or alcohol-related problems: they estimate 22.5 million people needed treatment in 2013, but only 2.5 million people received treatment.
“Reentry” is not a specific program; it is a process that starts when an individual initially enters treatment and ends when they successfully reintegrate in his or her community as a law-abiding resident. The reentry process includes the delivery of a variety of evidence-based services in both a pre- and post-setting designed to ensure that the transition from treatment back into the community is safe and successful.
As a peer-to-peer advocate, Crossing HOME utilizes a post-release evidence-based curriculum that includes job training and life coaches as significant elements of its reentry strategy, which shares similarities with mentoring in other pre- and post-release programs offered within some correctional and treatment programs. Approximately 2.3 million individuals are now incarcerated in America, and with over ninety percent of these individuals scheduled to be released, the Second Chance Act of 2007 (H.R 1593) includes mentoring as a response to the increasing number of individuals returning to our communities.
According to Minnesota Department of Corrections’ Grant D. Duwe’s research released in 2012, “… results show that offenders who met with mentors both in prison and in the community after their release from prison (“mentor continuum”) had much lower recidivism rates for all four measures in comparison to offenders who did not meet with a mentor or only met with a mentor in prison.
“The findings show that holding the other factors constant, a continuum of mentoring significantly reduced all four measures of recidivism, decreasing the risk by 44 percent for rearrest, 52 percent for reconviction, 95 percent for new offense reincarceration, and 62 percent for technical violation revocations”.
Crossing HOME has seen successful reintegration into the community by adults in recovery when safe, sober housing is combined with employment and a mentor continuum of faith-based life coaching. When residents learn new life skills at our homes, there have been positive results and when using this reentry strategy, we have experienced reduced incidents of relapse and a recidivism rate far less than the national average.