Providing ex-felons a path to productive citizenship

Since 2004, My Journey Home (MJH) has assisted former offenders, including military veterans, in their transition from jail or prison back into society. We help them rebuild their lives and restore their families, and we work tirelessly to support the efforts of these men and women to become successful members of their community. 

MJH offers employment training programs, access to a resource center, peer-to-peer support groups and referrals for affordable counseling. We mentor and educate our clients, assisting them in meeting or exceeding their reintegration goals.

In 2008-2012 our office had an 83%

success rate in placing those in employment.

As human beings, our natural desire is to be a member of a community. My Journey Home’s role is to encourage, guide and support former offenders on their journey back to the community. We help men and women rebuild — or in some cases, build for the first time — a meaningful community for themselves through productive work, clean living, a stable home and the ability to function in society.

The Challenge

According to the US Department of Justice, more than 10,000 ex-prisoners are released from America’s state and federal prisons every week and arrive on the doorsteps of our nation's communities. More than 650,000 ex-offenders are released from prison every year.

Our programs have established a foundation of accountability resulting in a criminal recidivism rate of less than 5%. The national rate is more than 49%.

The United States Sentencing Commission reports that within eight years of release, more than 49% of released prisoners are rearrested. Recidivism costs states more than $52 billion each year for incarceration. An unemployed former offender is much more likely to return to prison than one who is employed and feels productive. To address this challenge, MJH takes a multi-pronged approach to reintegration that includes counseling and support for ex-felons and their family members, addiction treatment and job placement, plus support with the logistical challenges of rebuilding a life from scratch.

Among these ex-felons are military veterans whose incarceration may make them ineligible for VA benefits and services. Without support, they may struggle to reintegrate and may end up homeless, as so many have. In fact, as of 2016, 47,725, or about 8% of the homeless population, are veterans and 1.4 million veterans are at risk of homelessness.   

Success in the numbers

Years Clients Served 90-day employment rate
2014 184 83%
2015 215 97%

Currently, we work with approximately 100 former felons per month and have a 97% gainful employment rate.