At A Center for Relational Living, we promote equality, compassion, trust, balance, and authenticity in our mentoring programs.
Our website provides information about our organization and also offers opportunities to prospective volunteers and donors.
Mentoring Today, Changes Lives Tomorrow...
A Center for Relational Living, Second Chances Programâ€™s next mentor orientation will be on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 9:30am to 12pm. This sessions will be held at the Community Service Building located on 100 W. 10th street, Wilmington, DE. For registration, additional information, questions, and/or concerns please contact program coordinator Roxane Maldonado at-Roxane@relationalliving.org or call (302) 428-3850 Monday-Friday.
There are online mentor applications available if you click on the volunteer tab!
Welcome to A Center for Relational Living-Second Chances Program
The mission of A Center for Relational Living is to facilitate building healthy relationships between individuals and groups to strengthen Delaware communities.
Our website provides information about our organization, how to volunteer, and how to donate. As well as, providing help for newly released prisoners. We do help those that are being released from incarceration that have enrolled with our program, to search for housing. It is important to note that Second Chances does not provide transitional housing. However, we would be able to give anyone the resources we have available for example: transitional housing, case management, addiction counseling, etc…
Second Chances is made up two components: one is to connect mentors with ex-prisoners. We believe that one of the keys to a successful re-entry process is by having access to a positive role model. By providing a mentor, we are ensuring that this need is met. Participants who met with a mentor were 56% more likely to retain their jobs for at least three months.
Second Chances also has a job development portion of our program. Upon enrollment, participants of the job development program are required to attend one, if not two, Job Prep Sessions a week that are held at two locations with internet access. These sessions are held on Tuesdays, from 1-3pm at The Wilmington Library Job Center and the other at Bethel Villa Apartments, computer lab. At these sessions, participants work on things such as: Resume Building and Revisions-Job Leads-They are provided with Application Assistance-Navigation of the internet-Creating an email Maintaining a current Job Search Log participants are provided along with Helpful Interviewing Material-Employment Readiness Workshops are provided, when available-AND-other endless RESOURCES that are necessary during this tough transitional period.
Second Chances Mentoring is currently recruiting mentors for male and female ex-prisoners transitioning out of prison back to the Delaware community. ACRL-Second Chances Program requirement for mentoring is minimal, but the impact is lasting. If you can spare four hours per month you can become a great mentor. Our goal is to ensure that our participants have a resource if they have a question or just need someone to talk to about an issue. We provide ongoing mentor support throughout the matching relationship; so our mentors will never feel alone during the process. In addition to that, we also provide re-entry programs for those who have recently been released from incarceration.
ACRL offers an ex- prisoner support through our job prep sessions as well as having one-on-one meetings with participants and/or mentors when needed, requested, and/or recomended. Our Director of Emplyment Expansion, Keith Johnson, seeks employers that are willing to work with those who have a criminal background and makes the connection between the two, in order to have a positive outcome for an employer and the ex-offenders that is not only trying to advance but also trying to be an inspirational community member.
A Center for Relational Living is a life affirming organization, with a focus on building community, which includes diverse cultures and disparate points of view, in order to reveal the interconnection of all people.
We rely on donations and grants in order to carry out the services that we provide and continue our programs. We also depend on volunteers to assist in mentoring, counseling and providing support to our mentees.