Congratulations! You have been released from prison and have returned to the City of Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole’s Handbook explains:
“As a person who wants to leave your criminal past behind and rebuild your life, it is important that you realize that returning home to your community is a process that [began] from the day you [entered] prison…It is up to you to follow the correctional plan that has been developed specifically to meet your needs.”
You share an identity with a small group of Day One Challenge participants; when you click on your name below, you’ll be given more background details. Try your best to experience the next few hours through the eyes of your given profile. At 10:00am, your small group will leave First Baptist Church and attempt to locate the community supports needed to survive and thrive as you reenter society. You will be given prompts at each stop along the Challenge via QR codes.
Even though you will be using your cell phone’s to scan these codes…remember, you have been away from Philadelphia for many years are now at the intersection of incarceration and homelessness. In this simulation, you do not own a cell phone. For directions, find a map or ask a helpful pedestrian.
At Redemption Housing, we believe that successful reentry happens by way of a caring and supportive community. Today, that community is your assigned small group. Learn with each other, process and reflect together, and remember together the thousands of Philadelphians that return to our community every year.
If at any time your group becomes lost or confused, call Robert at 215-280-2277 for assistance. Good luck!