The Alliance for CHANGE is a wrap-around program, practicing continuity of care and other best practices to enhance public safety and social justice. We partner with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, and provide compassionate assistance when they return to the community upon their release from prison.
Social Justice Education Program
The people we work with have endured years, and sometimes decades, of institutionalization within the criminal justice system. We designed a unique course that teaches them about what some of the factors are that helped land them in prison in the first place, ways in which they can become civically engaged, and how to have a stake in their society.
The course is an intensive 18 week experience that challenges participants to see their lives and their place in the social structure through a new lens meant to empower them, imbue them with a sense of social justice, and provide them with framework for making different choices. Our intensive and interactive courses and programs, as well as a diverse body of volunteers, help participants to break away from institutional thinking and focus on on completion participants will know the differences between retributive, restorative, procedural and transitional jusrice, how these theories affect their lives and how they can achieve positive changes working within the system.
Alliance Reintegration Program
When formerly incarcerated people fail to complete parole, all of us fail. We need them to succeed to have safe and healthy communities. To give them the right start for success, we pick them up at the gate upon parole, provide them with a welcome home kit of essentials, and take them to their parole office, transitional housing facility, home or the bus station, as needed. The first moments on parole are crucial to their success and to their chances of avoiding situations that might land them back in prison.
For those who parole to the San Francisco Bay Area, we provide additional services.
To locally paroled clients, we offer Critical Adventures, where we connect volunteers with formerly incarcerated men and women to achieve practical tasks together, all in a fun and supportive environment. Participants learn to use public transportation, take their driver’s license tests, shop, get government assistance, learn computer technology, and manage a bank account, among other tasks. They learn these success-building skills alongside caring community members who check in with them continuously and offer whatever assistance is needed.