The Restorative Community Center is the vision of Irene Morgan, founder of the Restorative Community Coalition in 2006. While researching programs from across the nation she found Delancey Street. In San Francisco, this non-profit was already doing extraordinary work in the field, helping people learn how to navigate the world successfully even with their conviction histories. Our vision has three phases. The Restorative Community Center is the vision of Irene Morgan, founder of the Restorative Community Coalition in 2006. While researching programs from across the nation she found Delancey Street. In San Francisco, this non-profit was already doing extraordinary work in the field, helping people learn how to navigate the world successfully even with their conviction histories. Our vision has three phases. The Restorative Community Center is the vision of Irene Morgan, founder of the Restorative Community Coalition in 2006. While researching programs from across the nation she found Delancey Street. In San Francisco, this non-profit was already doing extraordinary work in the field, helping people learn how to navigate the world successfully even with their conviction histories. Our vision has three phases.

PHASE 1: STOP THE CYCLES

After an arrest, an individual’s coping skills are overwhelmed. They may experience guilt, shame, fear, and isolation as their freedom, rights, and voice are taken away. This does not even include the financial losses they incur, whether or not they are guilty. These have a ripple effect on the individual’s family, who are often thrown into systemic poverty.

What’s our solution?

We support health and wellness of clients, and provide them with the services necessary to overcome trauma. Our focus is on emotional resilience. This includes therapy and outreach, connections to mental health services, and general health and wellness training. Residents will learn to retrain their habits surrounding exercise, eating and nutrition, relationships, self empowerment, and alternative healing modalities and introspection. Residents will also be assigned a mentor to guide them, advocate for them, and help them navigate the court system.

PHASE 2: RESTORE A LIFE

Housing those who are reentering society in a structured environment is crucial for their success, as they have been in highly structured facilities with little opportunity to think independently. When one is safe, warm, fed, and with a good night’s sleep, one is more likely to be able to meet the requirements of obtaining employment or enrolling in educational classes and training to further ensure a stable lifestyle. There is a great need for a wind down and healing process as individuals re-acclimate to society and its demands.

What’s our solution?

The Restore-A-Life House is community housing for more than 150 at risk residents in multiple locations. The model uses an “each one, teach one” style of coaching that focuses on health, addiction recovery, functional literacy, life skills training, job retraining, and community living. It also focuses on case management, relationships, and restorative justice principles.

PHASE 3: BUILD A FUTURE

● Education and employment is essential for successful reentry from incarceration. More than 40% of Whatcom County inmates are second grade educated, so the need for education is beyond gaining a GED. Many have only basic reading, writing, and math skills and will need tutoring. Employment and education are essential for inmates reentering society and becoming successful, contributing members of the community.

What’s our solution?
With work and volunteer opportunities, the center provides a needed service to people reentering the community. For those who wish to further their education or learn trades, they can enroll in local classes. For those who have no trade, we will employ them in businesses we develop. We will work with existing employers and entrepreneurs, create new businesses, and create new employment opportunities. Coaches and advisors assess how re-entries can fit in, and help them emerge, self-reliant and productive, in their new world.

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