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OVERVIEW

The men participating in the Francisco Homes are comprised of all racial/ethnic backgrounds, various ages and religious affiliations. As a program, we help to achieve freedom to those who have worked diligently to change, seek maturation, develop integrity and build positive character; give support in the transition from institutionally structured living to living through self-support and self-decision making; and, provide a safety net of emotional and spiritual support to each individual as they re-connect with the community and/or family.

Each resident is assisted in setting and fulfilling short and long term goals. In the first few weeks we establish resident records and develop a personalized plan for subsequent recommendations. Continual guidance and information gathering is critical through the first several months as the residents traverse through their transition.

As the residents prepare to leave The Francisco Homes, the focus turns toward money management (budgeting) and the fundamental steps for independence from The Francisco Homes program and being successful. Exit interviews/evaluations outlining short and long term goals accomplished and formulations of next-step strategies are part of the last phase of The Francisco Homes program. Assurances from The Francisco Homes provide a safety net of emotional and spiritual support; and ultimately open the possibility of long lasting supporting relationships in the community. This knowledge given to each person as they reconnect with the community is invaluable.

RESIDENT SERVICES

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES – Our trauma-informed model offers: 

  • Daily therapeutic group meetings where residents share their experiences and receive support from their peers, as well as professional facilitators. Residents are required to attend one group meeting a week but may attend as many as the choose. 
  • Weekly one-on-one therapy sessions with a licensed mental healthcare professional.   
  • These groups include:
    • A “Writing Group” with USC professors where residents explore healing through putting pen to paper 
    • A “Process Group” invites residents to share their challenges in a safe constructive setting 
    • A “Relationship Group” is facilitated by a licensed clinical social and gives residents tools for building healthy relationships with coworkers, roommates, family and friends. 

LIFE SKILLS 

We offer training to help residents operate independently including: 

  • Meal prep
  • Grocery shopping 
  • Budgeting 
  • Financial Literacy training 

EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE  

  • Connect residents with job training & job develops 
  • Connect residents with direct hires 
  • Help develop interview skills and create relevant resumes 

MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES 

  • We encourage and support the development of full and rewarding lifestyles through involvement in meaningful activities including: 
    • Religious and spiritual affiliations 
    • Volunteering 
    • Interactions with local colleges 

HEALTHCARE & WELLNESS

ACCESS – Upon arrival, we guide residents through the process of receiving Medical which funds healthcare for low-income individuals who are below the age of 65. If they are eligible, we will guide them through the Medicare process. 

NAVIGATION TRAINING — We will train residents how to use their health coverage outside of the prison system. 

ENCOURAGING CARE – We help residents adapt to the “outside” healthcare model. Residents often have anxiety around medical care from “inside” experiences. 

  • We help them schedule doctor’s appointments and use pharmacies to access prescription drugs.
  • We educate residents about preventive healthcare in general in order to optimize quality of care 

RECEIVING CARE – We educate residents and facilitate the receipt of the following: 

  • Dental care – preventative and acute care 
  • Vision care – exams and aids such as glasses or contacts 
  • General Medical care – preventative and acute care  
  • Psychiatric Care – care through POC (parole outpatient clinic) 
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