When Cortez Mc-Daniel returned from prison, he had few clothes. But he gave some to the homeless. “It made me feel I had the ability to help. I felt valued as a person,” explains McDaniel.
McDaniel, now a successful employee at the Father McKenn...
Re-entrance of formerly incarcerated individuals poses a major challenge for the U.S. civil society, though it offers a unique opportunity for Homecomers to rebuild communities and eliminate the pipeline that funnels citizens from the school grounds to the jailhouses.
With the generous support of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Phelps Stokes Fund led a national planning team in designing and delivering a strategy and blueprint to (1) initiate a sustainable movement that can address this new challenge and (2) enlist formerly incarcerated persons who are returning to communities as essential partners and co-workers in creating healthy families, generating strong peer-led support groups, mobilizing neighborhoods, and revitalizing communities.
The national planning team’s works are: