Reduce recidivism, improve public safety and empower people.
The SOAR Re-Entry Program is carefully designed as a holistic approach to comprehensive treatment and services that meets the needs of people. Support, opportunity, advocacy and resilience are important in helping people.
After release from prison, many experience difficulty managing the most basic ingredients of successful reintegration—reconnecting with jobs, housing and their families, and accessing needed substance abuse and health care treatment. Most will be rearrested within three years, and many will be returned to prison for new crimes or parole violations.
The cycle of incarceration and reentry into society carries the potential for profound adverse consequences for all of us, but just as the potential costs are great, so too are the opportunities for interventions that could enhance the public safety, health and cohesion of the communities at the center of this cycle.
We envision a broad-based community collaboration between local government, agencies, organizations, businesses, churches, law enforcement, and citizens--to empower people with the tools they need to succeed.
The Liberty County Re-Entry Coalition has its beginnings in 2012, initiated by State Representative Al Williams, Sheriff Steve Sikes, and many other community leaders. It was incorporated in 2012, and the initiative gained momentum in 2014 after the introduction of the Georgia Prisoner Reentry Initiative (GA-PRI) Framework by Governor Nathan Deal. The Coalition redirected its efforts to align and organize a program in accordance with the statewide initiative, and held monthly stakeholder meetings from September 2014 until July 2016 to bring awareness and build capacity. With an implementation plan, local government and community support, the Coalition opened the SOAR Re-Entry Services Center on September 16, 2016. The Coalition meets on the 4th Thursdays, 6pm.
The SOAR Re-entry Services Center support team includes an Intake Specialist, Program Support Assistant and Mentor Coordinator. The SOAR Initiative offers a case-managed approach, direct services and linkages to either in-house or collaborative partnership. Each individual can have ongoing support and advocacy for as long as they want it. The In-house services include first day out supplies, food, clothing, shelter/housing support, employment assistance, vital documents assistance, transportation and other appropriately tailored services. By addressing and providing resources in key areas such as housing, employment, resilience and other life skills, those who return and dedicate themselves can achieve successful reentry, a new lifestyle free of crime and SOAR to their human potential.
The work we do is dedicated to helping people reintegrate and rebuild their lives--to SOAR with support, opportunity, advocacy and resiliency.