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Gemeinschaft Home

Mission: ​Gemeinschaft Home provides cutting edge therapeutic services to nonviolent offenders who have been released or diverted from incarceration in support of a transition to healthy community living.

Community Need: 95% of individuals currently incarcerated in Virginia will serve a sentence of four or fewer years, which means that the vast majority of those people now in prison and jail facilities across the state will return to their home communities in the near future. However, the process of reintegrating into society after a period of incarceration is filled with a range of obstacles for most offenders, a reality that is often misunderstood and overlooked by the general population. The difficult task of securing employment, a driver’s license, and other basic factors for successful transition are often unobtainable for offenders re-entering the community at large. Many of their participants have a history of substance abuse, and the Gemeinschaft’ s programs focus heavily on relapse prevention, developing life skills, and participation in group and individual therapy.

Constituents Served:  The Residential Re-entry Program served 36 adult males of all ages released from incarceration in Virginia and who have a probation obligation with the Department of Corrections.  The Residential Self-Pay Program served 70 adult males of all ages in the Harrisonburg and surrounding area, including Augusta, Rockingham, Page, and Shenandoah counties. The Non-Residential Day Reporting Center Program served 65 adult males and females of all ages in the Harrisonburg and surrounding area, including Augusta, Rockingham, Page, and Shenandoah counties.

Primary Activities: Gemeinschaft is a German word meaning “community,” one that is based on direct and personal interactions. The name highlights the mission and goals of the organization and how they enact them daily.  In conjunction with their 90-day Residential Re-entry Program they currently provide two additional programs for individuals in the Shenandoah Valley: the Self-Pay Program (for participants in the re-entry program who need, but cannot afford, additional residential-based services) and the Day Reporting Center Program (a non-residential program for men and women who would otherwise be incarcerated, including case management and counseling services).

The staff strives to foster a therapeutic program curriculum and a supportive community for all program participants. They provide a place where individuals in crisis and transition can turn for help.  All participants agree to abide by a behavior contract and must remain drug and alcohol-free while in the program. The tranquil environment nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, gives individuals an opportunity to restore a sense of wholeness in their lives.  They provide interventions which come in two primary forms: Group and Individual Counseling, both with accompanying case management. Their programs also include a strong case management component, with regular drug and alcohol screening, case plan development and implementation, as well as referrals to local, community-based services, including mental health and substance abuse treatment and mentoring initiatives.  Gemeinschaft Home support them by maintaining a dependable and compassionate space that provides quality shelter, food, counseling, job coaching, and a model for daily living and responsible decision-making.

Amount Requested: $10,000

Operating Budget: $740,000

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