WE ARE RETHINKING REENTRY
Half of parolees return to prison, but we believe there’s a way out for life.
The Exodus Project believes a significant number of returning offenders would not recidivate if they were equipped with a specific set of life skills, had a career plan and were supported during their transition. Studies show that recidivism (and addictive behavior) decreases as education, employment and community involvement increases. Based on this conviction, The Exodus Project is committed to supporting three phases an individual must navigate in to make a successful return to society: Education; Building a Community Network and Restoration (experiencing a successful life).
A rigorous 3 month experience that gives our students a mindset and plan to stay out for life.
A support system to help Exodus Academy graduates begin the move back to “life.”
A learning community partnering to train and restore academy students to our communities.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF ‘LIFER’
We see a better Arkansas by returning paroled offenders as fully restored citizens; ready and equipped to strengthen the social, economic, moral and spiritual fabric of their communities.
Partnering with education, government, and faith communities to reduce recidivism.
The Exodus Project believes many could be fully restored as productive individuals through an integrated structure of in-prison preparation, focused transitional living and active community support – all engaging Christ-followers and their Churches Further, we believe the overall health of Arkansas communities, economically, socially and spiritually will be lifted significantly when these returning citizens are fully restored and investing in turn toward preventing the incarceration of others.
Exodus Project Partners
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
THE ACADEMY: Selected candidates will spend the last 3-4 months of their sentence as ‘students’ at the Academy. Currently, students from the Little Rock ACC Men’s unit will be enrolled in Academy classes on the Hope Campus in Southwest Little Rock. Students from the Malvern Omega Men’s Unit will be enrolled in Academy classes held in the unit. We are currently piloting classes in the ACC Women’s Unit in West Memphis. All campuses receive intense instruction in 4 streams of study that are proven to be essential for successful reentry.
THE INTERVIEW: Candidates who are interested in the Exodus Project’s Academy will be interviewed for admission. We look specifically for individuals who are highly motivated to change their lives and are willing to do anything to make that change happen.
THE FOUR STREAMS OF STUDY
ETHICS & CHARACTER
Developing a code of moral conduct and patterns based on the way of Jesus and the early church.
Only 56% on parole find full time employment. We help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset, skills for full time employment, and a plan for a future career.
Our students learn how to use their time, money, talent, and relationships to create value for themselves and their community.
RESTORATION & RECOVERY
Work the 12 Steps and begin to understand them as a series of decisions that lead to healthy living.
THE EXODUS PROJECT not only provides education but also case management services for interested graduates and others in the community. Together they work through strategies to address their recovery needs, housing and employment opportunities. The Exodus Project partners with other service providers and volunteers in the community to help solve these problems. In the process, the graduates get the opportunity to develop a true support network. Mr. Ed Appler, LCSW is the Exodus Clinical Director and provides case management services.
CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES
- Goal planning
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Resource referral
- Support systems
- Crisis management
For the greater part of my life I have struggled with self-image issues and substance abuse. Something my upbringing simply couldn’t correct. My late twenties was a combination of chaos and jail. Relentlessly wanting something different in my life but never knowing how to get there on my own. In 2016 when I was released from prison I had made up my mind that things would be different. I had no idea that shortly after I would be introduced to an amazing group of people, who not only understood my exact situation but welcomed me in to their network with open arms. The Exodus Project has changed my life in so many ways. Now I have confidence in my self, a new perspective on life, and hope for my future.
This journey is not an easy one, as former inmates face many obstacles to full integration into the community. Broken relationships, possible destructive behaviors and the need to cover basic living expenses are all enormous challenges for parolees desiring a second chance. A healthy, committed support network is an absolute.
To facilitate the formation of new supporting communities, The Exodus Project “recovery coaches” provide case management services for interested graduates. Together with the parole process, they work through strategies to address their recovery need, housing and employment opportunity. The Exodus Project partners with other service providers and volunteers in the community to help solve these problems. In the process, the graduates get the opportunity to develop a true support network.
A Network Seeking the Welfare of Our Cities
Learning together how to best help our returning citizens . . . and hire them . . . and disciple them! The Exodus Project will be facilitating conferences, roundtables, online learning, organizational consulting, and local training for Exodus Project partners. We have friendships regionally and nationally with expert practitioners in the church, business and non-profit worlds, and we learn from them and from one another.
Partners are resourced with the best programs, practices, materials, systems and processes as they emerge from the network. When requested, we will conduct local training so you can continue to build into the foundations we’ve laid at the Academy. We will function like an “open source” platform – everything we learn and every resource and training we create or uncover will be shared freely with partners of The Exodus Project.
Make a donation to The Exodus Project using your credit or debit card, or your PayPal account. Your contribution helps us close the gap between the modest income we receive through programs and the true cost of quality re-entry programming that makes a difference in lives and communities.
Just click the Donate Now button and go to the secure PayPal screen. You don’t need a PayPal account to donate – just click the “Continue” button under the “Don’t have a PayPal Account” section to use your personal card.
Or, become a sustaining support member of the Exodus Project as we:Or, become a sustaining support member of the Exodus Project as we:
- Continue providing accredited education to inmates and parolees
- Continue developing transitional living strategies for parolees who have completed the Exodus Academy
- Begin building a state-wide network of believers who will receive our graduates back into Arkansas communities and disciple them as they continue their restoration journey
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