Washington, DC - Pentorship Volunteer in Washington, DC

Pentorship Volunteer in Washington, DC

 

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. 

 

Pentors help empower mentees/inmates by offering guidance, a positive support network, and connections to resources to facilitate smooth and successful community reentry through letter writing 

 

The Pentor Program is interactive mentoring via written correspondence and is designed to engage inmates returning to Washington, DC through the thought and behavior process of change.

 

Mentoring through written correspondence will help inmates: 

  • Manage anxiety
  • Reduce stress
  • Develop trusting relationships
  • Equip them with soft skills necessary for a successful integration into society

Pentor volunteers will be responsible for: 

  • Facilitating and supporting mentor/inmate relationships
  • Helping inmates develop goals for reentry
  • Corresponding bi-weekly via letter or email with their inmate for 6-12 months to encourage a successful reentry process

Desired Skills, Experience & Characteristics:

  • Dependable
  • Administrative skills
  • Adaptable to change
  • Calm demeanor
  • Self-starter
  • Organized
  • Able to connect well with others

Qualifications:

  • Pentors must be at least 25 years old
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing
  • Mentors must be able to serve for 1 year

Volunteer Benefits: 

  • An opportunity to share practical knowledge and wisdom
  • A better awareness of those returning to your community

Support:

  • Pentors will participate in Catholic Charities Volunteer Orientation
  • Accepted pentors will be matched with an inmate from a state of federal correctional facility
  • The program manager will facilitate correspondence between the mentee and mentor 

 

Time Commitment: 

  • Volunteers will serve for 1 hour per week
  • Volunteers must serve for 1 year
  • Flexible hours (correspondence can be done any day of the week)

Location: Remote 

Next Steps: 

  • Due Dec 31: Fill in an application
  • Dec 28 - Jan 14: Matching Expectations Conversation with Catholic Charities' staff
  • Jan 20 - Feb 8: Attend Volunteer Orientation and complete volunteer screenings 
  • Late January: Begin volunteering!  

Qualifications Required

  • Are you 25 or older? Must be Yes
  • Can you volunteer at a location in Washington, D.C.? Must be Yes
  • Can you volunteer for a year? Must be Yes