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Our mission is to enhance public safety via reduced recidivism through support of the transition process post incarceration. We accomplish this through peer mentorship, individualized training in life skills including, but not limited to banking, credit, goal setting, family reunification, cooking, and budgeting. Also including career preparation and a Fresh Start package of hygiene products, clothing, essential resources. We will be their support network as long as necessary to ensure success after incarceration, in addition to preparing their current support network for the reentry process and possibly PTSD that may follow. We tailor each experience to the individual as needed utilizing consistent feedback from those whom we serve throughout the state of Florida.
Our program uses evidence-based models with consistent input from those whom we serve to best utilize resources where needed and will continue to expand services as they become available. Step-by-step we hope to see fewer crimes, less criminogenic behavior, and more opportunities for true second chances.
Brianna Michelle Oberly has always been a strong and brave child with a tender heart and a fierce temper. Family was always a very high priority in her life. Her protective nature knew very few bounds and left her an especially soft spot for the next generation of family members.
As a young teen, Brianna was no different than most other adolescents full of angst, confusion, and poor decision-making skills. A series of bad choices led to her incarceration at the tender age of 19. Bri slowly matured into a beautiful young lady with equal parts tough and tender. She always made others feel special, feel like they were her best friend in the world, even sisterly.
During the later stages of Brianna's incarceration, she experienced the darker side of incarceration, abuse, in one of its many forms. Not just her, but other incarcerated women. Bri knew this was not "right" and she took up the battle not only for herself, but for others without fear of the retaliation that may well come her way. Her battle cry, "I am tough. I can take a beating" still resounds in the state of Florida.
The last three years in prison was not easy. More than a few barriers were thrown into her path but through it all she kept that smile on her face and continued the path less travelled. And we fought.
Brianna eventually made her way to Community Work Release where she was able to work in the community wearing two monitors, while returning to a secure facility at night. She paid her fees and fines on her own. Then came the day! Her BIG day! Release. EOS (end of sentence). SO exciting. So scary! Sept 2021.
Her first few days were a whirlwind of to-do lists and tight schedules. Each item checked off the list one at a time. At one point Brianna even had two jobs! She bought a car and found her own apartment. A lot of accomplishments. A lot of stress.
Nine years of incarceration during Brianna's younger years. Her 28th birthday celebrated at work release. The pressure and stress of reintegrating into society as an adult, meanwhile some parts, deep inside, remain that 19 year old at the beginning of her sentence. Past traumas never allowed the opportunity to heal. Pressure to succeed.
On Feb 1, 2022, Brianna passed on from this life on Earth at the age of 28. She left behind 2 children, her parents, siblings, grandmother, and a plethora of family, friends, and well wishers. This is her legacy.
Reentry is integral to public safety. Any discussions regarding public safety are incomplete if they do not include effective reentry solutions.
This is Brianna's Legacy. Lessons she learned and still had to learn. The people she left behind both out here in society and those behind the fences and bars. This would have been her future if not for her life ending so soon. Too soon. 501c3 charitable organization
Returning to society after years away can be scary, very scary. Catching up is hard. Returning to a home, family, friends, a life that has moved on through the years while one has been away is a daunting task. Finding one's place even harder. Then the basic needs of food, shelter, employment are harder to attain due to the collateral consequences of incarceration. Reconnecting with old friends or making new friends can be difficult. Past traumas have been left unhealed to fester. It can seem easier to "go back" to prison. One knew how to live there.
Our primary goal is reentry support. Action-oriented. First step is directed to those within one year of reentering society that have little to no support once they EOS. Initial interviews to gauge where they are with life skills needed to be an adult in society to tailor needed training and up-to-date information as well as working together on their plan for housing, employment, and family reunification as applies. Currently, Florida Corrections gives $50 and a bus ticket upon release. If accepted in our program, these Returning Citizens will be picked up in person from prison and we will drive them to their final destination. They will be given a backpack full of supplies to stay healthy and clean. They will receive gift cards for food and a talk/text cell phone with 3 months service. They will receive a list of services in the area to which they are moving as well as public transportation information and a pass. We will assist the transition to their new home as needed. These most basic items will be tailored to each individual as needed. Most importantly, they will get to know another person who has been there and is now stable. We call it the Buddy System. Not mentorship nor peer counseling. But a friend. Their Buddy will make contact pre release to help prepare them for what they may face. We ask two things of those who seek to become involved in the Brianna's 2nd Chance Fresh Start Pack & Buddy System. 1. Do not return to prison. Ever. 2. Once stable, pay it forward. Become a Buddy to someone else Returning to society.
Our Fresh Start Packs & Buddy System is not the end of the road, but the beginning. As is suggested for a return to a society, baby steps are essential. We are working hard to expand this program as well as moving even deeper into reentry.
Our mission is promote Public Safety by filling the gaps in current reentry offerings
A reality based, no nonsense approach to drug safety for our youth. We are NOT a just say no org! We are a let's be real org! We provide Narcan training and real conversations with youth, arming them, not enabling them. We are aavailable for parent meetings, youth associations, schools.
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