We depend on our friends!
We are unique in not requiring full fees at the door, because few men leaving prison are capable of providing them. But, because of the financial challenge to “keep the lights on,” we are only able to subsidize residents who are unable to pay fees for three months while they seek employment. When men leave before they are stabilized, employed, and ready to make the transition the chance of recidivism increases. This, in turn, frustrates our very mission.
Our subsidized fee is $600 per month; our actual cost per resident is around $1100. We provide residents with room, board, laundry, transportation, personal hygiene items, and clothing (if needed). Initially, most residents are only able to contribute their food stamps and general assistance, which totals about $300.
We depend upon the support of our benefactors to continue what we do. Each fall, we look forward to our Gathering of Friends open house barbecue and the opportunity for them to meet and hear the stories of the men they are helping.