Welcome Home Reentry Program - Prince Georges County


Welcome Home Reentry Mentor in Prince Georges County

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

 

The Welcome Home Reentry Program (WHRP) matches trained mentors with men and women returning to their communities after incarceration. Our goal is to help returning citizens make a successful transition from prison and/or jail.  We do this by creating a supportive network of volunteer mentors who work closely with the returning citizen, providing encouragement and resources to facilitate smooth and successful community reentry.

 

Welcome Home Mentors are asked to make a one-year commitment of 1 hour per week (4 hours per month), at a minimum.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all contact is made virtually, via email, text and/or phone. To help empower mentors, we provide mentor training, as well as informative workshops.

 

Interviews are conducted with mentors and mentees to ensure a positive match, and it may take 6 to 8 weeks before you are matched to a mentee.  Your patience is greatly appreciated and will yield a rewarding experience. 

 

Welcome Home Reentry Mentors will be responsible for:  

 

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

Desired Skills, Experience & Characteristics: 

  • Positive role model 
  • Feel passionately about the mission and purpose of the WHRP
  • Able to connect well with others 
  • Dependable, punctual, and reliable
  • Respectful, a good listener
  • Open, flexible, and friendly
  • Sociable, confident, motivated
  • Able to set and keep personal boundaries
  • Fully embrace Catholic Charities' Culture of Caring 

Qualifications: 

  • Mentors must be at least 25 years old
  • Willing to make a one-year commitment  
  • Committed to supporting a man returning from jail or prison and welcoming them home during their initial phase of reentrance into society
  • Able to understand and adapt to different cultural, racial, sexual, spiritual, and intellectual needs

Volunteer Benefits: 

  • An opportunity to meet people from all walks of life
  • Better awareness of those in your community 
  • Receive specialized training, coaching and support from the Welcome Home Reentry Team
  • A sense of purpose
  • Professional Development Opportunities

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: 

  • 4 hours a month 
  • Must serve for 1 year
  • Once matched, the volunteer and mentee will determine their meeting schedule (Interviews are conducted with mentors and mentees to ensure a positive match, and it may take 6 to 8 weeks before you are matched to a mentee)