In the past 24 months, Amos House assisted 110 individuals coming out of the Department of Corrections, seeking a community where they could rebuild their lives.
Some walked in wearing their grey sweat suits, carrying nothing. Others came in with family, asking for a second chance. We provided housing, food, job training, life skills classes, health care assistance, prescriptions, literacy classes, and legal aid through our affiliation with Steven Miller, Esq., and the free homeless legal clinic at Amos House.
Of the individuals who came into our 90-day programs and engaged in services with Amos House, less than 2% returned to prison during the time they lived in our community. This compares to a state and national recidivism rate of 32% in the first year following release and 46% after two years. 86% of those who successfully completed our 90-day program then moved out of homelessness and into either permanent supportive housing or safe transitional housing.
"Jay" is one of the men who has taken full advantage of the community and services at Amos House. He is now 3 years clean and sober, has had no involvement with the legal system since arriving at Amos House, and has recently reunified with his son. At morning uplift meeting this week, Jay said, "my son loves me, he loves being with me. He climbs up in my lap. He is safe with me. I have finally changed my life and become the father that I wish I had."
Jay has brought his son into his life, and he has built an extended family at Amos House, a group of people who care about him and his son, who welcome him without judgment, who gave him a chance when no other person or organization would. "It all started here, the minute I walked in here, and I knew I was home. I knew I belonged here." Jay has a job at Amos House, which he gained through our Transitional Job Training program. He has an apartment in our Family Apartment Program, which he proudly shares with his son. Today, Jay and his son are spending afternoons together, working on homework, making dinner, reading before bed. They are a thriving, healthy and successful family.