“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ― Melody Beattie
2018 has been an exciting year at Family ReEntry where we have experienced transformative changes in many of the 3,000 clients served this year. Despite challenges of doing more with less, we continue to find creative ways to provide critical services to those impacted by personal traumas, victimization and incarceration.
For over thirty years, Family ReEntry has been a driving force in eradicating domestic violence, reducing incarceration rates through reentry services, providing diversion services for youth, and increasing safety and support for families and communities impacted by violence and crime. With a continued desire to be responsive to changing needs, Family ReEntry has renewed our commitment to working with marginalized people and offers this new mission to reaffirm our work: Family ReEntry seeks to break cycles of violence, crime and incarceration by providing client-centered interventions and support services to empower and strengthen individuals, families and communities.
Our history in providing effective services certainly makes a difference. This year more than 65% of youth served reported that they avoided negative behaviors such as substance use, truancy, stealing and fighting; parents with history of intimate partner violence report an 83% reduction in abusive behaviors; DV Programs demonstrated lower recidivism rates with average re-arrest rates at just 14%. Implementing programs to address root causes that contribute to the cycles of violence and crime allows clients to lead more constructive lives and embrace restorative practices.
As we enter into the holiday season, a time to reflect and be thankful, we recognize the importance of gratitude. Indeed, “gratitude” is a practice we teach our clients, and this often serves to help springboard even the most demoralized person toward positive change by reframing their perspective, and preparing them to step into positive and life changing action. As a team of Directors at Family ReEntry, we are grateful for the compassionate, committed and talented staff who are able to provide unique and trauma informed care to a diverse group of clients. We are also grateful to our clients who have demonstrated strength in the face of adversity to accomplish goals, and to work toward transforming their lives. This is why we do what we do!
We are also stand in deep gratitude for the support we have received from friends like you who understand the importance and value of financial giving as well as recognize your special role in helping to transform lives.
This season, please consider a year end donation to Family ReEntry which will continue to support the earnest efforts to break intergenerational cycles of incarceration, abuse, and violence.
Wishing you and yours a healthy and happy holiday season!