In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Anti-Recidivism is worker harder than ever to assure that our members are safe and receive crucial services with as little interruption as possible.
Despite closing both our Los Angeles and Sacramento offices, ARC’s transitional housing sites (Bromont and Magnolia) are fully staffed and operational, with our residents sheltering in place. We understand that housing is especially important in these challenging times, when employment insecurity can often lead to homelessness. We are committed to integrating our member services and workforce development programs into our housing programs to give all of our members the best chance to thrive.
Our Ventura Training Center fire program is still operating, as well, in compliance with CalFire and Ventura County safety guidelines. This is especially important with another potentially devastating fire season around the corner, along with the expectation that emergency personnel will be overtasked with the pandemic.
Life Coaches (case management) are still available to our members, as we have shifted to providing most of our services virtually, including individual therapy via secured phone and web conference lines. Support groups including but not limited to Healthy Relationships, Seeking Safety, etc. have been moved online where possible.
We are working closely with Southwest College and the Los Angeles Building Trades Union to create a virtual classroom for our Apprenticeship Readiness Program so that we can continue to graduate men and women from this program and keep them on track (with a 73% placement rate) for placement into union construction jobs.
We also suspended all inside programming (Hope and Redemption Team), meaning that no ARC staff member or volunteer is currently providing programming to men and women inside or physically accessing any carceral facility in California.
While we are quickly adapting to this new virtual world, there is still much to learn, and we are seeking ways to bolster our technology resources for our staff and for our members, many of whom do not have computers or wifi for remote participation.
Finally, despite the challenges, we want to assure our community that ARC continues to work to compassionately serve our members. We appreciate your support during this unprecedented time for the organization, our membership, and broader community.
The mission of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) is to change lives and create safe, healthy communities by providing a support and advocacy network for, and comprised of, formerly incarcerated young men and women. To accomplish this mission, we advocate for fair policies in the juvenile and criminal justice systems and provide a support network and reentry services to formerly incarcerated individuals. Ultimately, we aim to heal communities, advocate for system-level changes, and help members achieve their highest aspirations.