At any one time, nearly 6.9 million people are on probation, in jail, in prison, or on parole in the United States. Each year, more than 600,000 individuals are released from state and federal prisons. Another 9 million cycle through local jails. More than two-thirds of prisoners are rearrested within 3 years of their release and half are reincarcerated. When reentry fails, the costs are high — more crime, more victims, and more pressure on already-strained state and municipal budgets. There is also more family distress and community instability. Roughly 1 in 28 children currently has a parent behind bars. Mass incarceration has been a major driver of poverty. To combat this, Casa Grande Alliance has started the Pinal Community Reentry Project to help those individuals returning to our community get the help they need to get back on their feet and become members of our community. Part of the reentry project is a program called Community Coaches.
Our Community Coach Program is a volunteer based program that matches a trained, community volunteer mentor with a prison reentry candidate. The Community Coach assist with social service navigation, goal setting and attainment, providing emotional support, and building a safe stable relationship. The program lasts for 6 months during which, the volunteer coach meets regularly with their mentee to assist with successful reintegration into our community.
Join our Reentry Coordinator Alfredo Gonzalez, Adult Probation Reentry Officer Alyssa Raney and former inmate and Community Coach Mike Walker as they discuss the issues facing recently released individuals, the reentry system and how The Pinal Community Reentry Project's Community Coach Program can help change lives and reduce recidivism.
The Pinal Community Reentry Project focuses on a key population in the community whose needs are not being fulfilled, those exiting the Department of Corrections. Our goal is to help reduce recidivism, improve individual lives, and promote a safer community for all members of Pinal County.
Who are we trying to help.
The Pinal Community Reentry Project (PCRP) provides supportive services, information referrals, and mentorship for individuals returning to the community form incarceration. These services and guidance empower individuals to achieve their goals and succeed. PCRP also provides classes for families, friends, community members and information session over internet platforms for incarcerated groups.
Community Coach Program
Our Community Coach Program is the backbone of PCRP; this is a volunteer based program where the participant is matched with a volunteer in the community who has been trained to provide referrals, emotional support, assistance with goal completion and resources.
The Community Coach program last for 6 months during which participants meet regularly with their coaches for supportive conversation to develop and realize reintegration. Including assistance navigating through the barriers they face by providing guidance and community resources.
This program is 100% volunteer based. We are always looking for candidates to join our program as Community Coaches.
Independent Referral Program
Participants looking just for referrals and resources will be able to obtain information through Independent Referral Program. Staff directly connects participants with community resources and checks in via phone or email to encourage and support participants.
· Resources to find housing
· Links to employment and job skill training opportunities
· Medical and health information
· Access to veterans services (if applicable)
· Links to education
· Links to substance abuse and mental health counseling
· Connection to religious communities
Think you have what it takes to become a Community Coach and help some of the most vulnerable of society?
Fill out the contact information below and start your journey being a ray of hope and compassion to our participants as a Community Coach. No experience, prior qualifications or education is needed.
We love to speak to you about our project, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.
280 West Mcmurray Boulevard, Casa Grande, Arizona 85122, United States
Check out this great video on the impact a Community Coach can have.