EMBARK is an innovative offender reentry program that works with men and women returning to Central Ohio. Offenders receive guidance and support as they navigate their journey from incarceration to independence. EMBARK's unique approach includes working with offenders prior to their release and providing support after their return to the community. Candidates are carefully assessed for their readiness to participate in EMBARK.
Offender Reentry Program
EMBARK accepts men and women that will be eligible for release or have a parole board hearing within 12-15 months of entry in the program. Candidates are carefully assessed for their readiness to participate in EMBARK. EMBARK trains volunteers from the community to deliver programs and services.
The program launched at Marion Correctional Institution (MCI) and Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW) in June, 2011. In preparation for release, participants are required to complete a comprehensive series of courses designed to provide them with the foundation and framework to sustain independence.
Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that can help individuals overcome their hurts, habits, and hang-ups. It is a twelve step, faith based recovery program that leverages eight principles from the Beatitudes and applies the biblical principles of conviction, witnessing, and helping one another.
Getting it Right
Getting it Right is a reentry program based upon two underlying principles:
1. Individuals are responsible for their behavior
2. Individuals are able to change their behavior
Utilizing five interactive journals, participants are taught specific skill-building techniques that enable them to identify and correct criminal thinking patterns, identify reactive thoughts and feelings and develop appropriate responses, learn pro-social methods of communication, and identify high-risk situations associated with relapsing into criminal behavior and build skills to cope with these situations.
The EMBARK Clinical and Community Administrator meets with participants while they are incarcerated to develop a reentry plan. The Administrator then will make referrals to appropriate organizations and social services agencies. The Kindway staff, EMBARK volunteers and Navigators provide a network of support for participants returning to the community.
Bridge into the Community
Navigators are volunteers who accompany EMBARK participants on their journey from prison to independence. A minimum of two Navigators partner with each participant.
EMBARK recruits, trains and matches mentors from the community with EMBARK participants.
Navigators commit to one year of service. Navigators connect with EMBARK participants while they are incarcerated.
Navigator teams are encouraged to engage with their participant monthly while they are incarcerated. Upon release the mentoring continues weekly and all are invited to attend monthly EMBARK gatherings.
Kindway staff and volunteers will provide EMBARK participants support as they return to the community. There are regularly scheduled gatherings for Navigators and participants.
The EMBARK Clinical and Community Administrator is available to assist participants with reintegrating back into the community, providing counseling and connecting them to needed faith based and social services.
How can you help?
PO Box 67
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
PH: (614) 895.1882
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Donations are kindly accepted. All donations are tax deductible.
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