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Having a place to live is essential for every person. Housing is a human right. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, over half a million people are homeless on a given night. We are developing a number of housing solutions for justice impacted citizens and veterans as well as other underserved people. Those solutions include halfway houses, tiny homes, apartments and single-family homes that are all positioned to provide long-term housing sustainability.
Some specialty homes (halfway houses) returning citizens may live in only have a 90 day window. After 90 days, they could be homeless and without a place to get regular meals. Here are some necessary must haves:
WPW’s N.C. legal team is headed by former North Carolina State Senator and former Superior Court Judge Milton F. “Toby” Fitch. Working with him are attorney Sean Cecil, along with Angelique LeGette, a paralegal. Together, they represent over 70 years of legal service to our community.
If a low income person has any ongoing legal issues, our legal team will help them address it. It will first be looked at by former Senator and Superior Court Judge Milton F. “Toby” Fitch. He will make the determination of what next steps should be and will pass it on to attorney Sean Cecil or other counsel if it requires a specialist. Fitch will also have an expungement clinic and mobile legal clinic that will help people in the various communities we serve.
Through advocacy, we want to focus on changing the legislative system by working alongside lawmakers to make the necessary adjustments to right previous wrongs. The punishment should end once the sentence is served.
Our team is working toward changing laws, policies, and regulations both through local advocacy, as well as state and federal legislatures.
WPW offers an array of services to include but not limited to Mental Health Outpatient Treatment, Day Treatment of Substance Use Disorders, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Supported Employment and Residential Support to name a few. Their services are primarily for adults; however, they have added respite services to their roster recently and will therefore service children ages 3 to 21 years of age.
The services in this program will have a focus on veterans and the justice impacted. These are (2) populations that are greatly under-served in Eastern N.C. Most of the population is: homeless, uninsured, unemployed and without sufficient natural or professional support.
We provide a continuum of proven service modules to help the justice-impacted and veterans rebuild their lives and re-enter their communities. We will partner with other providers to assist consumers with literacy training, housing, comprehensive alcohol/substance abuse treatment, mental health services along with comprehensive case management. One of our primary goals is to equip consumers with skills that will empower them to succeed. We provide intensive support as needed to consumers. Another goal is to build a capacity of internal and external stakeholders as it relates to supporting mental health, substance abuse disorders, homelessness and returning to jail and prison.
Mental illness and trauma are at the core of the violence, instability and crime we experience in our community and will be the centerpiece of our service model for all returning citizens.
Total Impact has agreed to provide WPW consumers with transportation to jobs, appointments, and other necessary locations.
Many people leave incarceration without knowing what kinds of ailments they have. Dr. John Pickett, MD of Eastern North Carolina, has agreed to partner with WPW to provide total medical care for returning citizens and veterans
WelHealth/PhiTech is another WhenPeopleWork service partner. Established in 2018, PhitTech provides a comprehensive health and wellness solution for enhanced user performance outcomes through the interfacing of advanced technology and services. WelHealth is PhitTech’s health and wellness service that focuses on prevention, early detection and enhancement of treatment plans. WelHealth empowers users to take the next step to proactively and intelligently manage their health and well-being to improve health and wellness outcomes, improve quality of life and reduce healthcare costs.
VetsBridge addresses the needs of our returning servicemen and servicewomen whose combat related experiences create serious obstacles for them when they return home and often result in unemployment, homelessness, mental illness, addiction and encounters with the civilian criminal justice system.
Statistics show that on any given night 40,000 veterans are homeless. They represent 11 percent of the homeless population. Some of the reasons veterans struggle with homelessness are post traumatic stress disorder, social isolation, substance abuse and unemployment. Statistics also reveal that hundreds of thousands of returning veterans returning from service and suffering from combat related PTSD, TBI and drug and alcohol abuse have encounters with the civilian criminal justice system with resulting prison sentences.
When People Work is partnering with different companies, organizations and schools to provide training and certification for people in our program. We recognize our people may desire work that they have not had the access or opportunities to enter. We look to expand our partners to include jobs that our consumers will find most rewarding.
Coming home from incarceration or active duty and navigating the world outside can be quite a task. Most justice impacted people will have to pay parole fees. Others may have to pay restitution. All of this in addition to living expenses. Our returning citizens will be eager to contribute to family support and pay their own way, including their fair share of taxes.
To do these things, the person would need a job. Unfortunately, many employers will not hire a person with a criminal record. So, without a job, how do they begin rebuilding their lives as a law-abiding and productive citizen? Our consult team is experienced in supporting the justice impacted (adults and children), as well as supporting veterans, homeless and other underserved populations. Their passion is not only in training and upskilling their clients, but also on a human level to ensure that candidates’ wellbeing and mental state is good.
Veterans, when transitioning from active duty service, also talk about how difficult it is assimilating back into normal society. Some veterans mention having problems finding areas where they fit into civilian populations and among the civilian job force. They struggle with finding employers who will pay them meaningful wages. These are some of the reasons they say they feel depressed, anxious and out of place.
Our model provides training for jobs employers need to fill. Most significantly, WPW exchanges impact data with our government partners which carefully measures and quantifies the fiscal and social outcomes which benefit taxpayers, individuals and families.
As the need arises, we initially supply support to the employee by assisting them with such things as transportation to work, purchasing work clothing or uniforms, helping them with money for food so they will be able to have lunch on the job, and assisting them in complying with all conditions of parole.