New Freedom’s focus is on recovery and supporting those reentering the community from prison who are willing to seek a new way of living. This 90-day program requires members to actively participate in all aspects of the program. Here is an example of what the day-to-day life for a member will look like when it comes to our programming schedule.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The day starts with our fitness team , where members are provided a personal trainer to help achieve peak physical health. Breakfast follows. After breakfast is a therapist-facilitated IOP group. IOP is a 3-hour group with appropriate breaks provided. A 1.5-hour lunch is provided following IOP. Next are back-to-back groups facilitated first by Peer Support staff and then by Case Management staff, followed by dinner. After dinner members have the the evening to unwind and decompress. Groups run Monday-Friday. There is no mandatory programming on weekends, but there are various classes, services, and events available.
Members are required to stay on campus for the first 30 days unless for approved appointments such as medical, probation, or parole.
Members have the opportunity to become Peer Support certified. Helping others and being of service plays an critical role in recovery and reentry.
Our Transitional Services team assists members with writing a resume and finding a job, attain your GED as well as securing important documents such as a social security card, birth certificate, and identification.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment (iop)
New Freedom’s Intensive Outpatient Program is a separate and distinct program that provides culturally and linguistically appropriate services for criminally involved clients. The curriculum for the Intensive Outpatient Program includes:
PEER SUPPORT SERVICES
Peer Support services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking a successful, sustained recovery process. New Freedom’s Peer Support Specialists are integrated into all aspects of the programming to include individual interventions and group facilitation. Peer Support improves quality of life, increases patient engagement and self-management, and increases whole health. Peer Support staff are people who have been successful in the recovery process who help others experiencing similar situations. Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, Peer Support workers help people become and stay engage in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse.
Case management & TRANSITIONAL SERVICES
New Freedom’s case management program provides goal-oriented and individualized support focusing on improved self-sufficiency for the clients served through assessment, planning, advocacy, coordination, and monitoring activities. New Freedom’s case management is provided as part of client-centered planning and delivery. New Freedom utilizes life skills training curriculum to assist in the following areas:
other services we provide
“I was skeptical when I first heard about New Freedom. There was a lot of talk on the yard that to me sounded unrealistic. In my mind, I was thinking halfway houses were all the same. I truly felt more programming would be a waste of time. But everything I heard sounded so good, I had to find out what this place was all about. After a few discussions with some friends, I decided to write them a letter. I was shocked a few weeks later when I received a handwritten letter from Denise McDonald, the Communications Director at New Freedom Project, It was the first letter I’d received in four years! I was eager to write back so I did, and then got another letter and another. Wow, I thought these people really care. That is how my journey began, a simple act of compassion.
Finally, my release date came, and I went home. The problem, which I realized after a week at home, was that I’ve tried that before and it didn’t work. I told my son about New Freedom and about how there was a program for 90 days that focused on reentry and that I wanted to go. I also have three years of Intense Probation Services, which was weighing heavily on me. My son was incredibly supportive of me going to New Freedom and I reached out to Denise to work out the details. I packed a bag with some clothes and made the choice to just do it, do something new.
When I arrived at New Freedom I was greeted with hugs and smiles. Everyone was so positive and uplifting it felt like I was where I belonged. The next best thing was the walk through of the facility. It had a full gym, swimming pool, and the rooms are awesome. When it was time to eat, the menu offers something healthy every day. Actual real food, three times a day and best of all, no pancakes.
Once I got adjusted, I felt like I could breathe and a lot of the pressure of getting out of prison faded away. Within my first 30 days I got my license back, my social security card, a bank account, and started rebuilding my life. In my next 30 days I enrolled in class to become peer support certified. I did a resume and started getting job offers. On July 26, I graduated from New Freedom’s program with a place to live and a job. What a journey.”
– Greg Giles | Graduated July 2021
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Released December 2016
7 Years Served