Welcome Home is a community-driven, recidivism-reduction, capacity-building program that engages faith-based and community organizations in collaboration with community corrections, law enforcement, and other public services to implement reentry and reintegration best practices that support citizens in successfully transitioning from prison to home, while also holding them accountable at a community level. The purpose of Welcome Home is to build the capacity of disproportionately affected communities in the Twin Cities and, create a welcoming environment and supportive transition for citizens returning home from prison.
To date, Welcome Home has a 0% recidivism rate. Per the Minnesota Department of Corrections’ cost of incarceration, Welcome Home has helped save taxpayers over $500,000 by supporting returning citizens to stay out of prison and contribute to their families and communities in valuable ways.
A familiar African proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” If true, the work on prison reentry raises a related question – What does it take to heal a man, woman, and family impacted by incarceration? While the challenges are greater, the answer is the same- a village. That’s what Welcome Home is.