17 years ago, a group of incarcerated men joined together on common ground after realizing their time was best served by helping others. Inside the confined walls of prison they developed a full curriculum of peer lead courses to teach their fellow inmates fundamental life-skills and recovery principles to prepare each other for reentry into society. Family members of Joe Chiappetta, a founding member, applied for a Federal Grant to cover growing expenses and the non-profit entity Gold Canyon Heart & Home (GCHH) was born in order to receive the grant funding. The success of this peer-to-peer program led to the warden allowing them to have their own classroom setting with inmate instructors unsupervised by corrections officers.
Of the 141 original participants of GCHH's peer-to-peer program that have been released, only 9% have recidivised. That means the materials they taught inside had a 91% efficacy success rate.
Today, GCHH's programs have been adopted and implemented by New Freedom in a modernized behavioral health setting. GCHH still carries out peer-to-peer mentorship through inreach. After release, mentees enter the facilities of New Freedom to experience the best reentry and recovery programs, and there is efficacy in our numbers to prove it.