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URL: http://www.TOP-WA.org
Company, Business or Individual Name: Transitioning Offenders Program TOP
Physical Address: P.O. Box 159, Graham, WA 98338
Contact Email: daviddkrewson@gmail.com
Contact Name:: David Krewson
Description: TOP is a felon based peer to peer program with a database of over 8,100 agencies for felons and their families in Washington, and soon to be in Oregon, California, and Idaho.This program provides the soon to be released men and women with resources that will help them make a smooth transition to the community. The Agencies work with the incarcerated to create a foundation and social network before leaving the prison setting. This ensures the man or woman leaving does not wade through a network of social services after returning to the community. In many cases these men and women have no one or where to go. What TOP does with the help of the community is bring those processes inside the correction system so they can be worked with before the man or woman is released. These processes include communicating with the resources available such as housing, employment agencies, food, clothing, and treatment programs in the community they are releasing to. We work with each man and woman to create a individualized Release Plan for re-entering into the community. The whole concept is to create a stable foundation while they are in transition to become a part of society again. TOP volunteers are mostly men and women who are incarcerated. We have developed a program that trains volunteers in the social services available in the community and how to navigate them. The incarcerated volunteer learns communication skills, social service processes, and reentry plan development. In this way, we are able to work with each other as peers knowing our own needs are similar to those we work with. The volunteers have logged more than 13,000 hours interviewing, developing and training in TOP. There are over 115 volunteers within the prison setting who have been trained and are still incarcerated. We have many more volunteers now in the community. TOP has helped or is currently in the process of helping over 8,500 men, women and their families find the resources in the communities they live.
Category: Ex-Offender Resources
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