Re-integration back into the community is a process and not a program. The journey is fraught with difficulty, as old relationships can be fractured or broken and new non-criminal and supportive relationships need to be formed.
This can often mean that an ex prisoner is unable to return to their community, and they are forced to starting over in a new town or city, they also have to develope new networks of support, new means of earning an income, socialising with pro social groups and people. Locating somewhere to live, is in itself a huge challenge.
Doing this alone is almost impossible and the temptation to return to a life of crime is always present.
Real changes can usually only be made with the support of agencies like Second Chance Project in collaboration with other non government and supportive individuals.
Ideally a whole community is needed; to share the load and bring different and varied types of support when required.
The Second Chance Project prison visitation team seeks to be the catalyst to this process in collaboration with church, NGO's and individuals by raising awareness, generating acceptance, inspiring action and providing counseling assistance to those seeking support to change their lives.