Women's ReEntry & Victim
Community Family Life Services provides gender-responsive services to assist women in overcoming the unique challenges of transitioning home after a period of incarceration. We also recognize and address the intersection of domestic violence, complex trauma, and incarceration; especially among incarcerated women, the perpetrator of a crime has also been the victim at some point in her life. In fact, the trauma she has experienced is often at the root of behaviors that led to her incarceration.
The most critical time of a woman’s reentry are the days immediately following her release. Often women who do not have stable housing or a supportive network upon their release return to tenuous situations that lead back to abuse or recidivism. CFLS’s goal is to create a reliable supportive community that clients can turn to in their moments of need.
We begin our relationship with clients before they even leave the jail or prison facility. We visit the Correctional Treatment Facility multiple times a week to conduct life skills groups, prepare intakes and release plans, engage women in our employment sessions and the Nurturing Parenting curriculum, discuss women’s health and HIV prevention, and hold domestic violence awareness workshops. CFLS is also in the Fairview Halfway House twice weekly and visits Bureau of Prisons facilities monthly to meet women preparing for release.
Clients undergoing intensive case management work with our case manager to implement their release plans, design treatment plans, locate resources, and navigate community relationships. We follow up with each woman for up to one year post-release and then shift our services after one year to supporting her to maintain her progress.
When clients link with our reentry case managers, they are connected to a range of our other services as well: employment, parenting, housing, financial literacy, HIV testing, domestic violence prevention, and more.
Reentry women are welcome to stop into our Drop-In Center for hygiene items, snacks, clothing, and grocery bags any time during our business hours. Those who go through the READY Center (located behind the DC Jail) are eligible to receive our Welcome Home bags.
Referrals to our reentry program can be made through LinkU or by contacting our Reentry Program Manager, April Shepherd at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-864-6307.