Re-Entry/ Mentoring Program

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Bridges Reentry

The Bridges Reentry organization supports the efforts of Magdalene House West and provides other much-needed release-day assistance. Transportation from prison to bus stations, halfway houses, parole offices, and other destinations is provided when needed, along with clothing, shoes, and simple hygiene items. Mentoring programs are also offered. Interested? Contact Deacon Gay Romack at prisonministry@azdiocese.org.

Magdalene House West

This was founded in 2019,  due primarily to the hard work of Deacon Gay Romack and the Bridges Re-entry organization she established. It is based on the model created by Rev. Becca Stevens, founder of Thistle Farms and keynote speaker at the 2017 Diocesan Convention, Magdalene House West houses up to 6 women who have been released from Perryville women’s prison. The house is located in Avondale and volunteers to assist with the programs are needed. Please contact Deacon Gay Romack at prisonministry@azdiocese.org for more information about volunteering.

Mentoring Beyond the Gates

The next session begins in September so RSVP now: https://www.bridgesreentry.org/mentor

The primary goal for Mentoring Beyond the Gates is to help the releasee overcome the major challenges to successful re-entry and to give them the support they need and encourage the healing of mind, body, and spirit. The program currently serves women being released from Perryville who are in need of additional community support. Leaders of the program hope to expand it to serve other prisons.

Mentors must be able to commit to the program for at least one year. During the first 90 days after a mentee is released, a mentor may need to be in touch a few times a week. After the first 90 days, mentors are encouraged to talk with the mentees at least once per week for the rest of the year. Mentors must be at least 25 years old. All the mentees will be female; however, mentors can be any gender. For more information about the program, visit the Bridges Reentry website or contact Deacon Gay Romack at prisonministry@azdiocese.org.