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Volunteering at the HOPE Center


Volunteers man stations that mimic the daily encounters someone who has just been released from incarceration will be required to navigate, including fulfilling all their court-ordered obligations. Participants assume the identity of an ex-offender and are provided with tasks closely resembling those of an actual offender upon release from incarceration.

The simulation represents an ex-offender's difficult journey to self-sufficiency and the societal barriers that may contribute to feelings of helplessness, decreased self-efficacy and ultimately, recidivism. The hope is that community members may contribute to the success of an ex-offender instead of unknowingly adding to those established barriers that could lead to a return to incarceration.

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