Join Project Place in our effort to help individuals on their path to success after incarceration. Donate to give a NavSack, filled with critical daily essentials & resources, to someone rebuilding their life.
$50 builds 1 NavSack
Every contribution (of any size!) makes a difference and helps us reach our goal!
Hygiene Items - Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Deodorant, Soap, Shampoo, Small Hair Brush, Hygiene Wipes, Sunscreen, Disposable Razor, Nail File, Tampons/Pads (in female NavSacks)
Clothing - Socks, Underwear, Winter Hat, Gloves, Unisex Sweatshirt
Other Resources - Backpack, Snacks, Dunkin "Treat" Gift Card ($5), Charlie Card ($10), Reusable Water Bottle, Resource Guide (in English & Spanish), Planner/Agenda, Pens, Hand Towel, Project Place Business Cards
Please feel free to write a kind, supportive, or encouraging note for the individual receiving your generous donation. You may email your note to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will include your note anonymously within the NavSacks for the recipients to read. Similarly, if you would like to make a donation as a holiday gift or donate in honor or memory of someone, please email us with that information. We will send them a card notifying them of the donation made in their name.
Carlos left prison with nothing more than the clothes on his back. He walked from the Suffolk County House of Corrections towards downtown Boston. He had no direction, only the name of a place: Project Place, which he had heard about from his fellow inmates as a organization that could help him get back on his feet. Unable to ask for assistance due to a lack of fellow Spanish-speakers, he wandered the streets until he found a homeless man who spoke his language and knew how to get to Project Place. The man escorted Carlos all the way to Project Place's door in the South End, where he was met by a Spanish-speaking caseworker who helped him find housing and food, and who was there to support him.
The first 24 hours out of prison are incredibly overwhelming. Often, individuals are released with only the clothes they went in with, unsure where to go or what to do. The lack of resources can make starting and sustaining a successful reentry process challenging. Project Place already offers help to reentering individuals on a long-term trajectory, but targeted help for the first 24 hours is desperately needed. The mission of the NavSack program is to help ease the anxiety associated with reentry by helping individuals stay warm, maintain personal hygiene and navigate next steps.
If Carlos had a NavSack the day he left prison, he would have been able to approach Project Place with confidence. If it were winter, he could wear the gloves, hat, and sweatshirt found in his NavSack, and use his CharlieCard while following the map to Project Place. At the corner of Washington St and East Berkeley St, he could grab a coffee at Dunkin' then cross the street into Project Place, ready to meet with a case manager. The NavSack will provide comfort and normalcy that will help people like Carlos restore their dignity, and find a path towards a positive future.
About Project Place's Reentry Services
Project Place intervenes in the reentry process, pre and post release, in order to provide support as individuals start to rebuild their lives.
Project Place partners with the Suffolk County House of Corrections and local halfway houses to develop resources to ease the transition back into the community. The reentry services we provide are unique in that they include counselors, case managers, mentors, and employment specialists who are sensitive to the special circumstances of our clients. This support system is capable of dealing with complex issues, including substance abuse, physical and mental health, family reunification, or past traumas.
Project Place has helped hundreds of recently released individuals find stable housing and employment since incorporating community reentry into its mission 12 years ago. Each year, our organization builds new relationships with approximately 100 clients who have recently left jail, prison, or a halfway house. The NavSack project will help individuals rejoin their communities with dignity, encouraging engagement with Project Place programs.
To learn more about Project Place and our other programs, please visit: projectplace.org