Hope Reentry Campus
15 beds for reentry individuals in partnership with Alameda County Probation Department
Hope Reentry Campus offers interim housing and onsite services for individuals returning from incarceration to reintegrate into the community, transition into stable housing, reunify with family, and attain pro-social relationships. Services include personalized case management, life skills classes, peer support groups, and more.
Applicants must be referred by Alameda County Probation
8425 MacArthur Boulevard
The following is an excerpt from our Fall 2019 Newsletter…
HOPE REENTRY CAMPUS
An Emerging Wellspring of Hope and Opportunity in East Oakland
Hope Reentry Campus (HRC) provides temporary living space and supportive services for 15 individuals returning to the community following incarceration. Located in East Oakland and funded by the Alameda County Housing and Community Development and Probation Departments, the goal of HRC is to help returning citizens reintegrate into the community, transition into stable housing, obtain stable employment, reunify with family, and attain pro-social relationships.
Staff use a Risk-Needs Responsivity (RNR) assessment tool to assess resident needs around employment training, education preparation, permanent housing assistance, and counseling to address substance abuse relapse prevention, community functioning, social relationship building, family reunification, and emotional functioning.
According to research from Californians for Safety and Justice, “One in every five Californians has a criminal conviction, which equates to roughly 8 million residents who face over 4,800 barriers to reentry.” HRC aims to help individuals overcome these barriers and avoid recidivism.
BOSS believes that two factors in particular make HRC unique. First, Hope Reentry staff members have similar backgrounds and experiences to the participants – they too made decisions that led to system involvement.This makes them more able to relate to and
gain trust from incoming residents. Staff are able to identify early signs of troubling decisions and transition their approach to a preventive rather than reactionary stance. They are also walking testimonies to a reality that some would deny is possible, giving our participants hope.
Secondly, HRC uses a client-centered approach that meets people “where they’re at” no matter what their life experiences, building on their abilities and strengths to move them towards their goals. Many are dealing with deep trauma and mistrust of the systems and structures that claim to want to help them. Having service providers on-site who have similar life experiences helps to overcome this mistrust by providing credible mentors and peer counselors.
Though new, HRC has already experienced positive results, and residents are already starting to change behavior —being gainfully employed, going to church regularly, taking proactive steps to change their lives. According to staff, “We have a guy who has been displaying a tenacity about his life and has been diligent in his work. He absorbs everything we are saying and has been applying it … 50% of our participants have been active in their pursuit of jobs and have landed or started.The rest are not only in the process of securing gainful employment, but also making sure they share their opportunities with one another.”
Coming out of an environment where government systems have negatively impacted Black and Brown communities, HRC provides an oasis of respect, deep understanding, life- changing assistance, and constant encouragement.
Donate to Hope Reentry at self-sufficiency.org/donate or contact Sonja Fitz, BOSS Director of Development and Marketing, to support the expansion of Hope Reentry as an investor or partner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope Reentry 4th of July BBQ 2020