In a twelve-month period, numerous men and women return home to Washington D.C., Montgomery County and Prince George's County after being released from incarceration.
Most of these individuals will face a variety of barriers and have great difficulty managing the most basic necessities for successful reintegration-reconnecting with jobs, housing, and their families, as well as gaining access to needed substance abuse and health care treatment.
Many newly released individuals are estranged from family and friends because of problems related to extended substance abuse and end up living in homeless shelters or boarding house rooms devoid of established familial support.
Because the navigation of services can be complex and the wide-array of needs can be mutually related and dependent (i.e. can't obtain a job without proper credentials - can't obtain proper credentials without a place to live), individuals returning to the community need successful community members to help guide them and navigate the social service system.