Prescott AZ (July 13, 2021) – Yavapai Reentry Project, a project of MATFORCE, is excited to offer community members 3 events this summer focused on volunteer opportunities and a chance to understand the barriers that a person returning from incarceration might encounter.
John Morris, Chief Adult Probation Officer for Yavapai County Adult Probation and longtime MATFORCE Board Member, said, “It’s important to understand the barriers formerly incarcerated individuals face when returning to our communities. If we can identify, understand, and address these barriers early before they are released, those individuals are more likely to have a smoother transition back home. This means they are less likely to reoffend, more positively engaged in their life; thus, making a healthier and safer community for us all.”
Below is a list of classes. For more information about any of these events please visit YavapaiReentryProject.org.
Become a Community Coach
Are you interested in serving as a volunteer guide or mentor for someone reentering the community after incarceration? Consider becoming a Community Coach.
Receive free training to learn needed skills for working one-on-one in helping provide referrals, emotional support and resources for community members returning from incarceration. No experience, prior qualifications, or education is needed. All that is needed is the desire to help!
The next class is Tuesday, July 20th, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm and is virtual through Zoom. Visit YavapaiReentryProject.org/
From Inmate to Citizen
Do you have a loved one who is incarcerated or want to learn more about the barriers people face returning to the community after being incarcerated? Attend the From Inmate to Citizen class to help understand the excitement, fear, and challenges when transitioning from prison into the community. Visit YavapaiReentryProject.org/
The next class is Wednesday, August 11th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The in-person location is Yavapai College Prescott Campus, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Bldg. 03-119. Registration is required for the virtual option only. Visit YavapaiReentryProject.org/
Reentry Simulation: In Their Shoes
Join us for a mind-changing simulation that will allow you to think outside the norm concerning community members returning from prison. The Reentry Simulation illustrates the journey to self-sufficiency while experiencing the barriers that may contribute to feelings of helplessness and decreased self-efficacy.
Tuesday, August 24th | Two Sessions Available: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Yavapai College, Bldg. 19, Community Room | 1100 E Sheldon St., Prescott
Space is limited, RSVP today for this free event to info@YavapaiReentryProject.org or (928) 708-0100.