934 Culver Road

Rochester, NY 14609

Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach

Mission: To visit with men and women in prison and journey with them as they re-enter the community. History: After some years of outreach at local jails and prisons, Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach officially began with the Rogers House Program in the 80s, expanded to Jennifer House in the late 90s, and then Nielsen House for men 12 years ago. Along the way, multiple programs were created. The staff and community at SCPO are comprised of social workers, case managers, certified recovery peer advocates, volunteers, mentors, community partners, alumni of the program, and skilled administrators. We have demonstrated success in preventing recidivism, as evidenced by 85% of our graduates remaining in the community; further, our long history exemplifies our ability to adapt to changing needs in the community. Overview: Wraparound services begin with outreach, followed by residential programs and finally permanent, supportive housing. We empower participants to reunite with their families, receive mental health services, get treatment for substance use issues, live independently, advance their education, and find meaningful employment. SCPO maintains strong relationships with alumni of the program. Prison Outreach: Participants join us from various situations, including jails, prisons, in-patient facilities, the streets, and other situations of homelessness. During this period, we build relationships, facilitate groups, and create mentoring relationships. Jennifer & Nielsen Houses: Participants often come directly to Jennifer House (45 women annually) or Nielsen House (55 men annually) from jail or prison to begin the healing process and prepare to re-enter the community. Under the umbrella of a safe, secure, welcoming environment, residents benefit from various offerings: Intensive case management, 24-hour supervision, a calming milieu, weekly meetings/reflections, mentorship opportunities, and facilitation of substance use and chemical dependency treatment either on-site or elsewhere. Programming within the Houses includes: o Family Reunification: To reunite parents with children. o Recreation Therapy: To strengthen the mind, body, and soul. o Hagan Grant (Jennifer House): To enhance education/employment of residents and alumnae. o Women’s Empowerment (Jennifer House): To provide continuing services for graduates with ongoing needs. Permanent, Supportive Housing: Upon graduation from Jennifer or Nielsen House, permanent, supportive housing is available through our New Beginnings Housing Program, which consists of 51 units (and growing). These units currently serve about 51 adults and 6 children under 18. In these communities, residents continue to benefit from an on-site case manager, community programming, and a safe, supportive environment with affordable rent. Regardless of where they move after graduation, alumni can come to our Tuesday night community meetings at either Jennifer or Nielson House, which comes with a meal and group meeting afterward. They also have access to our general support and can turn to us when they need things like food, a washer/dryer, case management, or simply someone to talk to. With your support, we can provide a safe foundation in a loving community for women and men in transition. As they move towards economic self-sufficiency, they can learn the skills to become parents who take pride in supporting their children and play a key role in breaking the poverty-incarceration cycle for generations to come.

We focus on: Human Services

Where we are: Livingston, Monroe

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