Rhode Island Opens Center to Help Inmates Transition Back to Communities

Developing a model center to reintegrate ex-offenders into communities

The Family Life Center, based in Providence, R.I., and founded to help recently released ex-offenders and their families' transition back into the community after release from prison, opened its doors in 2003.

From February 2002 through December 2003, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided startup costs to the Rhode Island Foundation, which acted as fiscal conduit for the founding coalition of churches and community-based agencies that established the Family Life Center.

The grant was used to complete planning and launch the Family Life Center, and to oversee its transition into an independent nonprofit agency.

Key Results

  • Three case managers were hired to provide services to approximately 40 imprisoned clients in a pilot program designed to develop the model for the Family Life Center.
  • Initial planning and pilot activities positioned the Family Life Center to open its doors as an independent nonprofit agency in 2003, serving four neighborhoods in South Providence.

Funding

RWJF supported this project with a grant of $50,000.