Successful reentry begins before individuals are released from incarceration.
Project Connect is a reentry program that seeks to equip incarcerated individuals with skills and resources critical to navigating the initial months of the reentry process.
For people leaving the familiarity of a prison routine, the initial months of reentry are often filled with uncertainty, difficulties, and barriers. Project Connect focuses on situating individuals within a stable halfway house environment and building their capacity to enter the world of employment.
Project Connect offers to individuals, while they are incarcerated, programming that:
focuses on developing planning for post-release
helps incarcerated people visualize and anticipate life after prison
builds long-term cognitive skills and day-to-day practical skills
develops a tangible, written action plan for post-release life
Project Connect began offering programming to men incarcerated at Duluth, a minimum security federal prison, in 2019. To date, the Project has served dozens of men, developing individualized reentry plans for post release.
Project Connect has offered its 6-week program to the men at Rochester, an administrative security federal medical center, since 2017. In addition to pro-social behavior, Project Connect has provided important workplace readiness training.
Project Connect has convened hundreds of men at Sandstone, a low security federal correctional institution, offering programming that focuses on promoting cognitive changes and developing skills.
Project Connect’s programming at Waseca, a low security federal correctional institution for women, has been tailored to the specific needs of incarcerated women. It’s 7-week program has prioritized job readiness and relationship building.
To learn more about Project Connect, contact Rocky DeYoung, Program Manager at Montage Reentry Solutions at RDeYoung@montage72.com.