The Issues. While there is a tremendous focus in the Washington, DC area on various prisoner reentry strategies, DC Project Connect (DCPC), a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, contends that supportive family is one of the most effective reentry strategies for returning citizens (ex-offenders). As such, DCPC holds that strong familial ties can help returning citizens to: overcome housing challenges and financial instability, and provide critical resources for their transition. Strong families also contribute to strong communities. We believe that the nexus between familial stability and reentry is the domain in which we operate most successfully. Further, we believe that reentry strategies begin when the loved one goes to prison not just during the transition home. Therefore, we seek to:
Strengthen families by providing social support programs and mentoring for returning citizens; using evidence-based practices and research
Advocate for social justice by collaborating with community partners
Raise awareness about mass incarceration’s adverse effects on families and communities
Service Delivery Model. DC Project Connect recruits volunteers from the community. Our volunteers provide on-site mentorship for mothers/women who are preparing to transition from prison and to reunite with their families. Life skills and group support is critical to this transition. Therefore, we provide on-site one-on-one mentoring and group support circles at DC's Residential Reentry Center for women. All of our services are rendered on-site at client locations and via online portals to ensure that the cost of operations is minimized. Training is provided for our volunteers on an ongoing basis.
To Volunteer. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or a board member, please complete the contact form (located on the upper right of our page) and share your interest. Our Board Secretary will forward an application. Background checks are required for volunteers who become mentors or life skills facilitators.
"Family is not an important thing, its everything"
The mission of DC Project Connect is to provide crisis intervention and information resources to families affected by incarceration; we support reentry initiatives that strengthen families.
The vision of DC Project Connect is to function as a clearinghouse of information about the adverse impacts of mass incarceration on the family of the incarcerated.