Isaiah and Providence Houses provide a safe, structured, drug and alcohol free environment, allowing our residents every opportunity to turn their lives around and become respected productive citizens.
Offering the opportunity for employment is an important component of our program and leads to the successful completion of the individual’s re-entry plan to self-sufficiency. Over the years we have established working partnerships with employers who give our residents the opportunity to achieve success in the workplace.
We have been blessed with many good volunteer mentors who have been very important in the lives of our residents and their rehabilitation process.
Without a strong faith based connection and Church affiliation, along with participation in Religious and Bible Study programs, it is very difficult for someone coming out of the prison system to achieve true freedom in the real world. Our residents are encouraged to connect with and attend a local parish/Church located in the local neighborhood.
Many of our residents have alienated themselves from family members. For those who wish to reconcile with family, their mentor will assist by contacting members of the resident’s family and seek approval for the reconciliation effort. With approval, the resident meets with family members facilitated by his mentor. The goal of reconciliation is not only to bring them together, but to relieve the stress of behaviors that existed before incarceration. Certainly having a strong family relationship will make the process of transition less stressful.
Participation in our program helps our residents:
- Connect with a local Christian faith community of their choice
- Establish a relationship with a Mentor/Advocate who will assist them
- Seek and find employment
- Secure all proper identification documents
- Obtain needed medical assistance and social services
- Register for educational opportunities
- Re-establish family contact and reunification
The current recidivism rate in the State of Texas is 63%. This means that 63% of everyone paroled or released from Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) prisons daily will return to prison within 3 years of getting out of prison and most will go back for a greater crime or crimes than their previous crimes and convictions.
Our Program Recidivism Rate is 4.6%!
Of the 238 residents that stayed in our program (90) days or longer, only 13 have lost their parole and have been sent back to prison. All of the other men are employed, with most considered good to excellent employees by their employers. Our residents’ success is reflected in a recidivism rate that is consistently less than 5%!
Of the 49 non residents we have helped over the past 9 years (2007-2016), we have an ongoing relationship with 34 of them and communicate often with them throughout the year. They are all working, several have started their own companies and are doing well. Many of them have reunited with their families and are regularly attending Churches of their choice, and living productive lives.
Father Ron Cloutier – Transitional Living and Restoration
One of our greatest supporters, Father Ron Cloutier, describes the importance and necessity of transitional living homes. He also talks about accepting residents back into society, and restorative transformation.Posted by Christian New Creation on Friday, June 22, 2018