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Phoenix Rising Transitions

Joined in September 2014

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MISSION

PHOENIX Rising Transitions is a grassroots community-based organization that provides transitional services including education, mentoring and community building with special concern for releasing convicts, formerly incarcerated persons and their families, crime victims and the community at large.

ABOUT

PHOENIX Rising Transitions is a nonprofit organization in the Portland (Oregon) metropolitan area. We work in prisons and the community partnering with those who are incarcerated to make a smooth and successful transition into the community as they are released. Our goal is to transform lives and reduce the likelihood that people will commit new crimes and return to prison. We do this through skill-building and relationship-building, both before and after release from prison.We also aim to transform the community in order to make successful transition more attainable. We do this through community organizing action.

We know that building relationships between those who are incarcerated and members of the community is paramount to successful prison-to-community transition. And new ways of thinking — communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills — are essential to deal with the stresses of returning to community life.

PROGRAMS

  • Community In-Reach Projects — Volunteers go into the prison to participate in trainings and classes to teach and learn alongside incarcerated students. The relationships that are fostered are the basis of mentor relationships that continue in the community. Classes offered are Relational Culture Strategies (leadership development) and Life Skills.
  • In-the-Community Projects — Community organizing-style leadership training and Nonviolent Communication classes continue in the community. The Mentor Project matches a community volunteer, a formerly incarcerated Cultural Advisor and the mentee for one year. The Core Team develops actions in the community to eliminate obstacles to successful transition.
  • PHOENIX Transition House - This is available to men coming out of prison. Located in Gresham, Oregon, it is a "clean and sober" (drug and alcohol free) environment. Preference is given to those who have been in PHOENIX projects while in prison, but open to others as well. All residents participate in our Mentor Project. PHOENIX plans to open additional transition houses, including a women's house, soon.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

We are currently looking for people who have a heart for assisting formerly incarcerated people to transition into mainstream society. Phoenix Rising will train and fit you into a program that will utilize your skills and abilities, so our volunteers will get the most out of their time. Please email phoenixrising.hg@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering in the 3 programs listed above!

MISSION

PHOENIX Rising Transitions is a grassroots community-based organization that provides transitional services including education, mentoring and community building with special concern for releasing convicts, formerly…

Issue Areas Include

  • Civic Engagement
  • Crime & Safety
  • Housing & Homelessness
  • Volunteering
  • Women

Location

  • Portland, OR

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