Welcome Home Reentry Program - Montgomery County


Welcome Home Reentry Mentor in Montgomery County

Welcome Home Reentry Mentor in Montgomery County

 

The Welcome Home Reentry Program (WHRP) assists men and women returning to their communities after incarceration by matching them with trained mentors from local parishes and the broader community.

Help someone beat the odds. Become a mentor to someone returning to the community after incarceration.

Welcome Home Mentors make a one-year commitment to help empower mentees by offering guidance, a positive support network, and connections to training and resources to facilitate smooth and successful community reentry. WHRP and its mentors offer a bridge to responsible citizenship for people who have been in prison, jail, or on probation.

 

Welcome Home Reentry Mentors will be responsible for:

  • Attending scheduled mentor training
  • Facilitating and supporting mentor relationships
  • Helping mentee develop goals for reentry
  • Assisting with obtaining employment, housing, mental and physical health care, and substance abuse treatment (Referrals will be provided to the mentee with assistance from the WHRP Coordinator)
  • Notify coordinator of needs for direct support assistance (transportation, educational, or work‐related needs)

Desired Skills, Experience & Characteristics:

  • Male volunteers especially needed
  • Dependable
  • Positive role model
  • Able to connect well with others

Qualifications:

  • Mentors must be at least 25 years old
  • Mentors must be able to serve in Montgomery County
  • Mentors must be able to serve for 1 year

Volunteer Benefits:

  • An opportunity to meet people from all walks of life
  • Better awareness of those in your community

Support:

  • Mentors will participate in Catholic Charities Volunteer Orientation
  • Accepted mentors will be matched with a returning citizen who has requested a mentor
  • The WHRP Coordinator will facilitate the first meeting between a mentor and mentee to assure everyone is comfortable with the match and understands the expectations
  • Training will be offered throughout the match

Time Commitment:

  • Volunteers will serve for 4 hours a month
  • Volunteers must serve for 1 year
  • Once matched, the volunteer and mentee will determine their own meeting schedule

Location:

  • Pre-Release Center in Rockville, MD
  • After the Mentee's release, public location to be determined with program staff