Each year, approximately 25,000 people return to Philadelphia from incarceration, often struggling with the same question: “What now?”
Returning citizens face a lifetime of barriers, but the first few days and weeks are particularly daunting. They are released from prison with questions about where they are going to live, how they might support themselves, and where they might find help.
September 10, 2022, 9:30AM – 1:30PM
On September 10, 2022, Redemption Housing is excited to partner with fellow members of the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition to host the third Day One Challenge, returning after a two-year pandemic intermission.
This three-hour immersion experience will place you “in the shoes” of Philadelphia’s returning citizens. Experience a glimpse of the first days and weeks that follow their release.
To complete the Day One Challenge, you will work with other participants to find employment and educational opportunities, obtain your state IDs, and find a place to sleep until you can “find your footing.”
This experience will help you gain a greater understanding of the challenges that await returning citizens, give you a greater appreciation for the variety of supports offered by Philadelphia’s nonprofit service providers, and help you to see how Redemption Housing complements the amazing work that is already being accomplished in your city!
Where to Meet
The Day One Challenge allows participants to explore the various supports offered by Philadelphia’s service providers to returning citizens. Participants should meet at First Baptist Church (123 S 17th St) for welcome and orientation. We will then disperse from there in teams.
COULD YOU SURVIVE LIFE “ON THE OUTSIDE?”
The Day One Challenge is unique because it maintains a friendly, educational, and supportive atmosphere. Over the course of three hours, the Challenge creates a community among participants, raises awareness about the critical needs facing Philadelphia’s returning citizens, and helps generate the community support to keep Redemption Housing moving forward.
Depending upon conditions, Redemption Housing might have to make the decision to postpone the event for safety of all participants. That being said, we are planning for this to be a rain or shine event. Come prepared with rain gear on hand in case it gets wet.
DO YOU WANT TO HELP?
We would love to have you join our planning committee to help secure sponsorships, organize the event, etc. You can also help during the event — we need volunteers to help with leading, registration, and providing participant support.