We reinstate values, honor, dignity, sacred purpose, and healing for reentry into society and reconnection with families. To strengthen families and remove barriers faced by formerly incarcerated individuals for successful integration into society. We don’t see our people as felons, but as fathers. Not just prisoners, but parents.  We connect parents to their children and back to the community providing holistic support, advocacy and reentry services that help people rebuild their lives and the connections that can sustain their success. In fact, we have one of the lowest recidivism rates in the entire state.

The mission of the Family Strengthening Department is to support wellness, stability and access to resources for families who have been impacted by incarceration. We are committed to guiding those exiting the system and back into the community by providing intensive case management, personalized work plans and mentorship. We work to advocate on a larger scale and encourage those who have been systems impacted to find their voice and become politically active influence systems change.

The Family Strengthening Department envisions a community that fosters inclusion, access and equity for all, including those most disadvantaged and vulnerable.

Our programs include:

  • AB 109 Mentoring Education Nurture Development Program (M.E.N.D.)
  • Felony Probation Pilot Program
  • Bail Reform
  • Proud Parenting Classes (Raising Children with Pride)
  • Stockton Transitional Accelerator Readiness Program (S.T.A.R.)

We provide wrap around case management services for those coming home from incarceration by providing support with transitioning back into the community. We assist with meeting basic needs, obtaining right to work documents, meeting drivers license requirements and supporting educational and employment goals. It is our priority to promote positive peer relationships and involvement in prosocial activities as well as goal setting and goal attainment. A referral from San Joaquin County Probation is required for participation.

Our Impact:

  •  Project MEND and it’s extension have provided specialized wrap around services for over 810 formerly incarcerated individuals in our community.
  •  In 2018, we eradicated barriers to obtaining jobs through tattoo removal for over 33 individuals.
  • In the last year, we have provided legal services through record expungement that have served 97 clients and saved over $150,000.

Take any positive challenge you can and don’t be afraid to fail. Failing isn’t really an option, its more about giving up. When you think you fail, all you got to do is just keep going. That’s what they expect from us and we must prove the system wrong. We are somebody. I am somebody and I am meant for greater. Nothing can hold me back.”

—Carlos Gutiérrez