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Women's Reentry & Victim Services

At Community Family Life Services, your life matters! Through a one-stop service delivery model that is gender and trauma informed, we provide services using a combination of direct supports and partner relationships. We begin our work while women are in prison or jail and continue that work when they return to the community, offering supports for up to five years. 

The most critical time of a woman’s reentry are the days immediately following her release.

Our Approach

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 leave the jail or prison. 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 visits the Fairview Halfway House twice weekly and visits Bureau of Prisons facilities monthly to meet women preparing for release and who are returning to the DC community.

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Case Management

Clients receiving 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 five years post-release and then shift our services 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 including: employment, parenting, housing, financial literacy, HIV testing, domestic violence prevention, and more.

Drop-In Center

Women returning home from prison or jail are welcome to stop into our Drop-In Center for emergency services including hygiene items, snacks, clothing, and groceries any time during our business hours. Those who visit the READY Center (located behind the DC Jail) are eligible to receive our Starter Kits.

 

Referrals to our reentry program can be made through LinkU or by contacting our Reentry Case Manager, Lanai Reid at lreid@cflsdc.org or 202-347-0511.

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Virtual Services

Our Virtual Services  are available to women returning home from incarceration for case management and intakes via teleconference. As the world adjusts to a modified way of living during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering critical supports via virtual programs and services, available via our website. These interactive services will assure our clients stay connected, feel supported and are guided by our professional case management staff. Virtual services includes:

 

  • Program Intakes

  • Virtual Clothing Closet

  • Resource Linkages

To inquire for specific services and additional assistance, please contact Erin Calloway at virtualsupport@cflsdc.org.