By Chris L. Jenkins, Published: September 15- The Washington Post
Re-entrance of formerly incarcerated individuals poses a major challenge for U.S. civil society, though it also offers a unique opportunity for Homecomers to rebuild communities and eliminate the pipeline that funnels citizens from the school grounds to the jailhouses.
The National Homecomers Academy was founded in 2011 by the Phelps Stokes Fund to 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. We are currently re-founding ourselves as an independent organization (a process that will be concluded by January 1, 2014) and have added to our original mission the goal of increasing community capacity. We firmly believe that the greater the level of resident participation in neighborhood and civic affairs, the greater the liklihood of building safe and thriving communities for all.
NHA's goals include: