WE OFFER MORE THAN A HELPING HAND
WE GIVE A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE
What We Do
Arms Around You is a Nonprofit Reentry Resource and Referrals program that serves formerly incarcerated individuals coming out of correctional facilities, the homeless community, victims of domestic violence and substance abuse. Arms Around You (AAY) will provide innovative personal development driven reentry programs and resources designed to increase public safety and reduce recidivism by helping the most vulnerable people become self-sufficient, productive, contributing members of their communities utilizing strategic development and coordination of pre- and post-release reentry services; such as, employment training, substance abuse treatment, mental health support, transitional housing, mentoring, family reunification and improved community supervision.
Outline of Services Provided to Participants Returning to the Community from Incarceration
Arms Around You will provide resources and referrals to participants interested in a specific course of study or practical training. AAY will connect the participants with a trade school, technical institute, or vocational college that is designed to lead directly to career opportunities in a particular field. AAY will integrate and incorporate the use of technology in general content areas of vocational education.
Employment and Education Placement
Arms Around You provides referrals to educational institutions, social service agencies, employment agencies and recruiters that will help participants find work. Decisions about where to place a participant is made by considering the individual participant's strengths and needs. AAY will asses and tier placement in order to allow participants to apply computer and technology skills to learning and problem-solving.
We provide the participant with a qualified peer counselor trained to address a broad range of topics by providing one-on-one, confidential support to AAY participants, because of their own life experience; they are uniquely equipped to provide support, encouragement and resources to those with mental health challenges, substance abuse issues, victims of domestic violence, and homelessness. Our peer counselors apply knowledge, use specific tools, and follow certain rules to help individuals get past obstacles and reach their goals. AAY will assist and train participants in the use of technology -- computers, mobile devices like Smartphone’s and tablets, social media platforms and networks, software applications, the Internet, etc.
Life Skills Training
AAY will assist the participants with the necessary skills to successfully live in today's world. These include knowing how to work at a job and be part of a team, manage money, manage time, and live as part of the family and learning effective communication skills. AAY will assist and support the participant to thrive in the community and in the world beyond. We focus on helping the client with the essential life skills including flexibility, initiative, social skills, productivity, and leadership. AAY will incorporate technology awareness to help to identify what technologies make sense to use given a specific problem; the goal is to educate people about the capabilities of the technology, so they can begin to think creatively about transforming and transition back into society.
Workshops and Presentations
AAY will host public workshops to encourage and help individuals deal with the issues and root causes of “Recidivism” these workshops will wrap around the main objectives to re-entry into the community and create a safe place for healing. The workshop topics will include
• Focus and Self-Control.
• Making Connections.
• Critical Thinking.
• Taking on Challenges.
• Self-Directed, Engaged Learning
This is my I'm Thankful Moment.
I have spent most of my life in prison, from the age of 13 to 40, I may have spent a year on the streets, I was released from Walla Walla on January 5, 2012, after serving 15 years for a crime I didn't commit, as I walked past the guards coming to work, several CO'S stated "I got 5, 10, one even bet a 100 that I would return, some gave 2months I heard one say 2weeks".Well, it's been 6 years and I ain't back yet. I would say they lost that bet.
You see I made up in my mind that I have had enough. Now with-in these last few years, I been up and I've been down, I have had a 3 bedroom home with 6 cars parked outside, to only have all that taken in the blink of an eye. It is very hard when you have to move back in with you Mom after.
There has been many lose, not even a month out and I lost Peanut since then I have lost some many. I have loved those who really didn't love me, given my last with the promise of a return, and to have them either block me or simply not give me nothing back. I've given my all to Folks who ain't gave me nothing but heartache and pain.through it all I remained Humble.
There have been times where I felt it would be better to end it all, feeling like it would better without me, holding a 40 to my head. I have been hurt by those close to me, only to suck it up and keep it moving. I Have been blessed to have those who are in my life to better my life.
I'm Thankful for all that I've been through. It only made me better.