E.A.R. is to promote successful second chances, reduce recidivism, and enhance the well-being and safety of our community. Our mentors serve as a bridge in their clients’ transitions back into society, helping them to stabilize, rebuild their lives, and eventually achieve self-sufficiency.
We have structured our program on researched best-practices for reducing recidivism and enhancing lives. Our mentors are trained to address cognitive-behavioral changes, inspire and motivate, use positive reinforcement, and encourage ongoing support in natural communities.
E.A.R. also contributes to the community at large, promoting compassion, empathy, and understanding for the plights of our clients. We seek to demonstrate to the community that this change is possible; that given the right interventions, people can escape the revolving door of the criminal justice system and rebuild their lives.
To affect change for returning citizens by supporting crime prevention initiatives, convening thought leaders to identify successful reentry strategies, and provide resources for sustainable reentry.
Develop realistic goals to address the needs of those returning to New Orleans from local, state and federal correctional facilities.
Implement and build partnerships with local businesses to address the immediate employment needs for reentering individuals.
Share information and develop training opportunities to identify strategies that lead to sustainable reentry eliminating the stigma returning citizens experience.
Develop strategies to reunite families and provide a full range of evidence-based interventions to reduce the risk of further involvement in the criminal justice system.
Develop strategies to foster systemic change that eliminates barriers to successful reentry.
Gather and share information that leads to data-driven efforts to reduce recidivism.
Develop strategies to expand and sustain reentry services in the community.