Meet Janice, Returning Citizen
Janice was released from prison after 4 years. Lacking a home and employment, she began hopping from house to house in search of a steady income and living situation. She struggled with re-entry programs that didn't provide enough hands-on support, getting rejected once employers processed her background check, and challenging mental health issues.
Worst of all, she faced negative perceptions and stereotypes from society because of her status as a returning citizen. Eventually, Janice landed back in prison for another 9 months.
When she was released a second time, she was determined it would be different. Janice became a dedicated student in Thrive DC's New Directions program and was finally able to meet basic needs, such as hygiene, clothing, and transportation. She also learned important life skills and was referred to a substance abuse program and mental health agency.
In under two weeks, Janice had 2 job offers!