“Our parishes, as the place where people most experience the life of the Church, must be places of welcome, where everyone is invited, particularly anyone who might be disillusioned or disaffected by contemporary society or even by our faith community. The Church assures all that there is a place for everyone here in our spiritual home.”
Welcome Home Reentry Program (WHRP)
The Welcome Home Reentry Program (WHRP) provides mentoring and other supportive services to men and women returning to the Washington metropolitan area. WHRP Mentors help returning citizens address immediate needs, as well as barriers to housing, employment, transportation, mental and physical health care, substance abuse treatment, family reintegration, education and literacy. Additionally, these supportive relationships help to address these needs by providing relevant information, guidance and encouragement. The support of a trusted, skilled mentor can boost confidence, increase self-esteem, and provide an opportunity for positive communication to relieve frustration, rejection and ostracism that is common in the lives of former prisoners. Volunteer mentors help mentees make informed and positive decisions, and help steer them away from negative patterns of behavior that can ultimately result in further and drastic degradation of their quality of life.