The IMMERSION Reentry Program has been designed by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul USA (SVdP) to serve as a continuous improvement national model reentry program focusing on the special needs and challenges of returning citizens – those returning to our communities from incarceration. This specific “at risk” group, “at risk” to re-offend, and their families, comprise about one-third of those neighbors in need that SVdP helps daily throughout the country in our efforts to provide a “helping hand” lift out of poverty. Recent statistics released from the National Bureau of Justice Statistics show that there is currently a 68% national 3-year recidivism rate. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, May 2018.)
We believe that poverty is a term that is not only defined in terms of financial well-being, but also a term that can reflect a variety of conditions to include lack of spiritual and social well-being, lack of healthy relationships, lack of adequate support system, and lack of adequate access to resources needed to navigate the roadblocks to self-sufficiency.
Our goal is to provide a welcoming network of support and wrap-around services to returning citizens and their families and loved ones in navigating the unique challenges they face, assisting them in accessing resources that may otherwise seem to be unavailable to those sincerely interested in a positive and productive return to their communities.
While many Governmental, secular non-profits, and religious agencies also focus on reentry, few have the National reach, scope, and wrap-around services capacity that SVdP is capable of providing, such as food, clothing and furniture pantries, continuing education, financial assistance, mentors, partnerships and collaboration with other like-minded community agencies, and much more.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an equal opportunity service provider. Services at each site is not standardized around the country but our Vincentians, staff and volunteer members, provide services as best they can with the resources at their disposal. Not all sites are designated IMMERSION© sites, nor provide all services listed above. Please check which services are available in your locality. IMMERSION© sites are listed on this website. Other Society of St. Vincent de Paul service sites throughout the country can be found on our National website at www.svdpusa.org.
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