Progressive Prison Ministries: The First Ministry in the United States Created to Provide Support for Individuals, Families and Organizations with White-Collar and Other Nonviolent Incarceration Issues. Greenwich CT & Nationwide

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Six Ways of Helping! Join Family ReEntry in Helping Children and Youth to Thive

Six Ways of Helping!

   

Join Family ReEntry in helping children and youth to thrive!

Join Family Reentry in helping vulnerable children and teens achieve their potential. Help Family ReEntry to continue services for children and youth impacted by family violence and parental incarceration.

There are many ways to help!

 

Become a Volunteer Mentor

Click below to get started

 

Annual Fund

Help support a year of mentoring for a vulnerable child/teen

$2,600 1x Donation

 

Help to Fund a Mentor Match

Help support monthly mentoring for a vulnerable child/teen

$200 MONTHLY Donation

 

Help to Fund a Mentor Match

Help support weekly mentoring for a vulnerable child/teen

$50 WEEKLY Donation

 

Enrichment Event Sponsorship

Sponsor a group enrichment event for youth & mentors

 

Back-to-School Supplies

Donate to our back-to-school supplies collection
 
 



Family ReEntry’s mission is to develop, implement, and share sustainable, cost-effective solutions for the unprecedented numbers of people involved in the criminal justice system, which empower individuals, strengthen families, and build communities.

For more info please visit our website at familyreentry.org and you can follow us onFacebook and Twitter. All proceeds go to supporting these valuable programs.
Family ReEntry, Inc. | jeffgrant@familyreentry.org | 501(c)3 Organization | 203-290-0865
Norwalk Office:
9 Mott Avenue, Suite 104
Norwalk CT 06850
(203) 838-0496

New Haven Office:
50 Fitch Street, Suite 202
New Haven, CT 06515
(203) 361-9166

Additional Program Locations:
Stamford
Waterbury
Derby
New London
Norwich

(203) 576-6924

Norwalk Office:
9 Mott Avenue, Suite 104
Norwalk CT 06850
(203) 838-0496

New Haven Office:
50 Fitch Street, Suite 202
New Haven, CT 06515
(203) 361-9166

Additional Program Locations:
Stamford
Waterbury
Derby
New London

Join Family ReEntry in Helping Children and Youth to Thrive





Join Family ReEntry in helping children and youth to thrive!
Did you know that children and teens that have positive adult connections outside their family fare better off emotionally, socially, and academically?

Research has shown that healthy relationships with adults can facilitate positive youth development and reduce the likelihood of negative behaviors including delinquency and anti-social behaviors.

For the last 15 years, Family ReEntry has provided mentoring support with a focus on prevention and intervention to help vulnerable children and youth who are impacted by crime, violence, and incarceration. In this last year, Family ReEntry has demonstrated positive outcomes for more than 100 children by providing one-to-one mentoring support and case management services. Mentors are volunteers who are able to build caring connections with children and teens, helping to encourage healthy behaviors, enhancing social & problem solving skills, and teaching effective strategies for coping with stress. Children who feel they are supported will have better outcomes; and mentoring is a proven strategy that has demonstrated positive gains for children and youth at-risk.
Through Family ReEntry’s work, we have seen the following outcomes for children and youth:
Approximately 70% of youth matched with a mentor reduced their engagement in risky behaviors such as truancy; use of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs; fighting; and delinquency.
95% of youth surveyed reported experiencing a strong relational connection to their mentor.
As a result of mentoring, children and youth also demonstrated increased ability to problem-solve, demonstrated greater ability to control strong (negative) emotions, and worried less overall.
As a new school year approaches, FRE is looking to you and the community at-large for support to improve lives of less fortunate children and youth.
Be a force of change: become a volunteer mentor; help to fund a mentor match ($2600 annually/ $200 monthly/ $50 per week); sponsor a group enrichment event for youth & mentors; or donate to our Back to School Supplies Collection.

Your help today will make a direct difference to a child or teen who is facing multiple obstacles to success and achievement. Take action today to help Family ReEntry’s children have a better tomorrow.
Family ReEntry’s mission is to develop, implement, and share sustainable, cost-effective solutions for the unprecedented numbers of people involved in the criminal justice system, which empower individuals, strengthen families, and build communities.

For more info please visit our website at familyreentry.org and you can follow us onFacebook and Twitter. All proceeds go to supporting these valuable programs.
Family ReEntry, Inc. | jeffgrant@familyreentry.org | 501(c)3 Organization | 203-290-0865

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stand with Charlottesville: Vigil for Charlotesville and Against Hate, Sun. Aug. 13th, 6 pm, McLevy Green, Bridgeport, CT



Stand with Charlottesville
Connecticut
#StandingUpforJustice
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We are Attending this Vigil in Solidarity 

Sunday, August 13, 2017, 6 pm
McLevy Green, 
177 State Street
Bridgeport, Connecticut 


Friday, August 4, 2017

Hartford Courant: Connecticut Budget Impasse is a Public Safety Risk




Connecticut Budget Impasse is a Public Safety Risk

Letter to the Editor reprinted from the  Hartford Courant, August 2, 2017


As the Executive Director of Family ReEntry, a Connecticut 

criminal justice nonprofit, and as a formerly incarcerated person myself, I am greatly concerned about the state legislature's inability/unwillingness to pass a budget.

In the criminal justice sector, this represents a huge public safety risk as people are released from prisons in ever larger numbers (a good thing) without adequate access to critical cost-effective wraparound services such as substance abuse and mental health counseling, career training, housing, family services, etc.

It should be no surprise that, when left with no other option, these individuals often return to the very behavior that landed them in prison in the first place (a very bad thing).

As the cost to incarcerate a person can be up to 10 times the cost of nonprofit-provided re-entry services, it is obvious that it is in our short-term and long-term financial best interest to reinvest state budget savings in quality community corrections.

Each day without a budget and adequate funding of Connecticut's nonprofits wastes the precious few resources we have at huge fiscal cost - and at even larger costs in human suffering and public safety.

Jeff Grant, JD, M Div
Executive Director - Family ReEntry, Inc.
75 Washington Avenue
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
familyreentry.org
jeffgrant@familyreentry.org
(office) 203-290-0855
(mobile) 203-957-0162


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Family ReEntry and Fairfield County LOOK Team to Bring Criminal Justice Awareness to Greenwich Polo on August 27th!








Family ReEntry and Fairfield County LOOK Team 
to Bring Criminal Justice Awareness to 
Greenwich Polo on August 27th
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Sunday, August 27th, 1 - 5 pm
Greenwich Polo Club
One Hurlingham Drive, Greenwich, CT
TICKETS



Insider Q&A with Family ReEntry Executive Director Jeff Grant:




Insider: Polo and criminal justice seem like a very unlikely pairing. Can you explain the connection?
Jeff Grant: Family ReEntry has been serving the needs of Connecticut families suffering from criminal justice related issues for over thirty years. We have had tremendous support from Greenwich and other affluent communities, yet most people still don’t recognize that incarceration-related issues affect everybody regardless of zip code. Our goal in this family friendly event is to create awareness, raise support and have a great time.


I: Why Polo?
JG: Elaine Ubina (CEO of Fairfield County LOOK) is very progressive and saw things imaginatively in inviting us to participate in the LOOK VIP tent. Family ReEntry jumped at LOOK’s very kind offer to be the nonprofit partner for the polo event coming up on August 27th

I: What can guests expect in attending the Family ReEntry polo event on August 27th
JG: In a word: FUN! My wife Lynn Springer and I attended polo in the tent in early July and it was a wonderful, casual, comfortable experience done just right with great food, drinks, music, friends, families, children - and even dogs (well-behaved ones)! And we even got to “stomp the divots” after the first half. If guests have never been to polo they will be in for a surprise – it was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable afternoons we’ve spent in a long time. 

I: How can guests participate in your cause?
JG: First, join us on August 21st; a portion of proceeds from each ticket, table or front row lounge will be donated to Family ReEntry. But that’s just the start for people who want to get involved. We have opportunities to volunteer in one of our programs, be a mentor to a child whose parent is in prison, become an ambassador, attend an event to learn more about criminal justice issues - and of course we appreciate all donations

 
I: Why is this important now?
JG: Family ReEntry provides critical, cost-effective services in areas including mental health, substance abuse, family counseling, domestic violence, fatherhood, mentoring, housing, employment, etc. These programs help prevent people from going to prison. As well, we provide programs to help people returning from prison (and their families) so they are less likely to return to criminal behavior and/or return to prison. But Connecticut’s fiscal crisis has caused a state-wide cut back or termination of many of these essential services. That’s why more than ever we need to rely upon private, foundation and corporate contributions

FRI: Can anyone get tickets for the Family ReEntry/Look VIP Greenwich Polo tent?
JG: Of course. Admission to the LOOK VIP Tent includes food, drinks, music, shade, private restroom and special attractions, a portion of which is donated to Family ReEntry. It’s a family event – children and dogs are welcome! Ticket levels include VIP tickets ($200), Child VIP tickets ($50), group tables for ten ($4,000) and front row lounges for ten ($5000). All tickets can be purchased online here. 

FRI: When/where is the event?
JG: Greenwich Polo Club, Sunday, August 27th, 1 – 5 pm, One Hurlingham Drive, Greenwich, CT (head north from the Merritt Parkway North Street exit). 

FRI: How can we make a donation even if we can’t attend?
JG: Family ReEntry gratefully accepts donations on our website (familyreentry.org), or by check sent to: Family ReEntry, 75 Washington Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604. 

About Family ReEntry:
Family ReEntry is a 501c3 nonprofit, which was founded in 1984 as a reentry support group for men at the Isaiah House in Bridgeport. It has since grown to include policy advocacy, and intervention, prevention, in-prison, reentry, fatherhood and youth & family programs. Over the past 33 years, effective advocacy efforts and community-based programs developed by Family ReEntry have significantly reduced the likelihood that clients will re-offend, be re-arrested, or be re-incarcerated. Its programs provide a spectrum of services designed to disrupt the intergenerational cycle of incarceration. Family ReEntry addresses the specific needs of each client and their families through individualized case management and support services. It works to create a positive social network for each client, helping make their transition from prison back into the community a successful, self-sufficient one, while strengthening their families and the community. Family ReEntry operates its programs in strategic locations that encompass eight municipal regions and judicial geographic areas, two parole districts and five prisons. Approximately, sixty-percent of those served by Family ReEntry are from greater Bridgeport – Connecticut’s largest city. The organization has offices in Bridgeport, Norwalk and New Haven, CT. Programs are also held in Stamford, Waterbury, Derby, New London and Norwich, CT. More information is available at www.FamilyReEntry.org.

About Fairfield County LOOK: Fairfield County LOOK is a publishing and marketing firm specializing in event photography, strategic partnerships and media management in Fairfield County, Conn., and beyond. The readership is affluent and sophisticated, and our publications are designed to inform and entertain. Fairfield County LOOK, a luxury online magazine featuring many of the region’s premier events, articles on design, travel, real estate and more, and Greenwich LOOK, a luxury lifestyle magazine capturing countless fundraisers and fêtes organized by distinguished residents and nonprofits, and publishing original articles on fashion, travel, home design and in-depth interviews. In addition, Fairfield County Look’s creative team collaborates with businesses and individuals to bring visibility and growth to professionals through promotions, marketing materials and customized magazines. With our combined experience, we bring more than 40 years of web development, design, marketing and communications to the table—all working to achieve our clients’ goals. www.fairfieldcountylook.com 

About Greenwich Polo Club: Nestled in the beautiful backcountry of Connecticut, Greenwich Polo Club was established in 1981 and is recognized as one of the elite high-goal polo venues in the world, known for its unmatched roster of legendary teams, professional players, and champion equine athletes, fondly known as polo ponies. Distinguished families, young entrepreneurs, artists, and well-known personalities are all part of the international dynamic which makes Greenwich Polo Club so unique. Each match showcases eight players galloping on horseback across a 300-yard field at speeds of up to 35MPH. The club is home to the legendary White Birch polo team, one of the most successful in history, having won the most high-goal polo tournaments of any team over the course of the past 25 years, including the US Open Polo Championship in 2005. Each Spring players descend on Greenwich with their strings of champion horses to compete for one of polo’s most prestigious cups. Each Sunday match is attended by more than 2,000 spectators flocking from New York City, Fairfield and Westchester counties, to witness the highest caliber of polo while enjoying an afternoon with friends and family. The Greenwich Polo Club is located at 1 Hurlingham Drive in Greenwich, CT. More information is available at http://greenwichpoloclub.com/ 



Media Contact: Greg Walsh, Walsh Public Relations 
305 Knowlton Street, Bridgeport, CT 06608
Tel: 203-292-6280; E-Mail: greg@walshpr.com