“To lead a state-wide network of re-entry programs that reduces recidivism, increases public safety, advocates for ex-offenders and provides supportive services to help them live successful lives.”
We strive to provide our participants with a complete program that assists them with all of their reentry needs. Our program offers support and educational opportunities for all participants.
If you are interested in our services, please recognize one key fact: we are interested in participants. Our Case Mangers, many are ex-offenders themselves, are dedicated to and will put as much effort into your reentry as you do.
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Virginia Community Action Agency VISTA Project
Virginia Community Action Re-Entry Services (CARES), Inc. – Program Development VISTA
Virginia CARES is a statewide offender reentry program providing evidence-based practices to assist returning citizens in their transition back to the community. The program assesses it participants to determine their criminogenic issues and provides services geared toward their level of assessment. CARES has six subcontracted programs in the Commonwealth operating eight service delivery sites. In total, Virginia CARES programs provide reentry services to eighteen (17) cities and towns and twenty-six (25) counties in Virginia. Program staff at the subcontracted sites are the direct personnel responsibility of the individual community action agencies. The Central Office consists of five (5) permanent full-time staff, and two intern positions. The Central Office is responsible for oversight of the program including service site monitoring, technical assistance, fund raising, training, reporting, and financial accountability. It is the responsibility of the statewide staff of Virginia CARES to: engage in all activities necessary to establish a program of transitional services in accordance with guidelines determined by Virginia CARES and/or defined by the Department of Criminal Justice Services; promote the Virginia CARES program to local probation and parole offices, departments of social services, mental health programs, substance abuse programs, healthcare programs, employers and community leaders; participate in and report to the Central Office on meetings of their local Reentry Council; reinforce the cognitive behavior strategies in one-on-one case management and group meetings; and use the evidenced-based programs such as Motivational Interviewing, Thinking for a Change, The Carey Guides and Facilitating Skills for Offender Groups techniques in the daily dealings with program participants
The AmeriCorps VISTA member will research and track Virginia CARES program participants from FY 14-15 and produce a recidivism study. The member will access the CARES database to develop a list of FY 14-15 program participants and their contact information. The member will also use the Virginia Department of Corrections Inmate Locator Service and the Victim Identification and Notification Everyday (VINE) network. Additionally, the member will assist Virginia CARES Resource Development Consultant to formulate a three-year development plan for the Central Office that includes agency needs and goals and a list of potential grants and fundraising approaches to achieve those goals. They will work with the Resource Development Consultant to help service delivery sites develop lists of potential grant opportunities in their geographic areas and form committees responsible for local fundraising. Finally, the member will research best practices in volunteer management and develop a volunteer recruitment, training, management and recognition handbook that will be distributed to each service site to encourage the utilization of volunteers. If time allows, the VISTA member will also lead a presentation for services cites in volunteer coordination during the Virginia CARES annual training.
Communications, Recruitment, Computers/Technology, Writing/Editing, General Skills, Community Organization
GED or High School Diploma
For this one-year, full-time position benefits include a living allowance of approximately $946 per month before taxes and the option of an End of Service Benefit of $5,815 Segal Education Award or $1,500 cash stipend only awarded upon successful completion of service.
Other information click link: https://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service