1. How are you serving the community in general?
OUR THEORY OF CHANGE
If the Reentry First-Stop Center welcomes home to Tarrant County adults returning from prison, gives them an orientation class, provides them with access to a myriad of resources spanning the continuum of related services, and provides those who need additional assistance with navigation services…
Then visitors to the center will engage a pro-active process, be able to self-manage their reentry journey, and – with minimal support – be able to successfully reintegrate back into society, breaking the cycle of crime and recidivism.
2. What programs or services do you provide?
Our reentry welcome center is a walk-in location. No appointment is needed. Our walk-in hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors will be offered guidance, literature, brochures, and other printed resources. We will also provide information about Project BEST and other programs.
Every Monday at 10:00 a.m., we have an Orientation class on how to return to Tarrant County from incarceration. This class is free, and observers are always welcome, including family members and reentry service providers! We learn all about the rich resources of the local community and highly effective employment strategies for adults with a criminal background. Various service providers from our partnwering agencies are also present in the class to answer questions and assist class attendees.
For those Neighbors (clients) who need further support, we will develop a customized Reentry Game Plan to help identify needs and the available resources and action steps needed to be successful in their reentry.
We offer on-going support for those who need help carrying out their personal reentry plan. We also offer extensive employment options with jobs in many various occupations and career fields for adults coming straight out of incarceration.
3. Do you have a pamphlet of services? A website?
Our web address is www.tcreentry.org
Our flyer and our overview documents are below.
4. Under what circumstances will you NOT serve someone?
1) Must be at least 18 years old.
2) Must be a resident of Tarrant County.
5. What is your ideal client?
We call them "neighbors" not clients. We have help for everyone, those "fresh out", those who have been out a while, family members, and more.
Our ideal neighbor is someone who is "fresh out", who exited incarceration with no plan, and does not know how to navigate Tarrant County and get their needs met.
6. How can I contact the First-Stop Center? Is there a phone number?
You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our phone number is (682) 703-1600.
7. What are your operating hours?
Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
8. Where is your office located?
We are located at The Resource Connections complex just off of Campus Drive near Tarrant Community College, South Campus.
Our physical address is:
2300 Circle Drive, Suite 2301
Fort Worth, Texas 76119
9. What is your relationship with Cornerstone Assistance Network?
CAN is the organization that operates the First Stop Center and is co-sponsored by the Tarrant County Reentry Coalition.
10. Is this a project or a program?
It is a program of a new concept in prisoner reentry. The First-Stop is the first one of its kind in the U.S. We are testing the theory that most people can self-manage their reentry if they just know where the resource in the community are. Our primary mission is reentry resource coordination.
11. Do you actually help adults in reentry?
Our goal is to help them help themselves. We want to move reentry from a "case management" model to a "coaching" model. By this we mean that the typical case management approach is to diagnose and define a treatment plan for the client, and then monitor their progress in accomplishing their plan. This is based on the "medical" model.
The "coaching" model is based on the premise that the majority of adults in reentry can self-manage their reentry journey to successful reintegration in the community. They need to know where the resources are and they need someone to ask for guidance along the way.
As we evolve and mature, we plan to move from navigation services to coaching services, pairing each neighbor with a certified life coach, who can help them achieve reintegration success.
12. What if the participant does not have access to the Internet?
Because we are a walk-in center, with a goal to never turn anyone away if possible, we make our services available to anyone who walks in. They can just show up and we will seek to engage them in our process.