Information about the value of education for those in recovery/transitional housing, pre-trial restorative justice programs, and incarceration pre-release programs.
Did you know?
Women are the fastest growing group within pre-trial and incarcerated populations. They are most often the lowest-level and non-violent tier of offenders as well.
A key component for an individual’s success upon release from recovery or transitional housing program is a thorough knowledge and application of work/life skills education. Simple tasks ranging from accountability for the daily tasks of housekeeping, home maintenance, use of personal gifting and skills to more complex tasks of writing a resume, applying for a job and support services, money management, interpersonal and relational skills, all of these skills and more are critical to a smooth and successful transition back into family and society.
The individual must have a working knowledge of recovery as a continuing process, disconnecting from old habits and thinking, improved communication skills, change of environments and associates, meaningful and sustaining employment, new healthy body/mind/spirit image, membership in support programs, church and small groups, “paying-it-forward” through volunteerism and service, and more. These elements require education and training while still in a safe space of recovery and transition.
Researchers found that inmates who participate in correctional education programs have 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than those who do not. The estimate is based on studies that carefully account for motivation and other differences between correctional education recipients and non-recipients.
Inmates who receive general education and vocational training are significantly less likely to return to prison after release and are more likely to find employment than peers who do not receive such opportunities, according to a new RAND Corporation report.
Employment after release was 13 percent higher among prisoners who participated in either academic or vocational education programs than those who did not. Those who participated in vocational training were 28 percent more likely to be employed after release from prison than who did not receive such training. For more information Rand website.
While serving women in the Harris County Jail, WINGS identified a set of skill related obstacles they face and developed a program to meet those challenges. WINGS provides a series of classes designed to teach work/life skills to women in recovery programs, court ordered pre-trial programs, and those transitioning out of incarceration. We teach how to fill out job applications, create resumes, interview for jobs, manage money, dress for success and much more.
By working in tandem with city, county and state level programs WINGS assists in the process of restorative justice. And because the majority of women we serve are at “high-risk” of abuse and predation upon release, WINGS also provides anti-human trafficking/commercial sex-trafficking awareness and education training to break this cycle of abuse for them, their children, families and communities.
If you have a passion for assisting women transform their lives through faith, education and encouragement, contact WINGS Ministries today!