Change A Life
Give Second Chances
Rehabilitation Begins On The Inside. The inside of prison walls and the inside the mind.
When Returning Citizens choose to change their lives, learn valuable skills, and begin to plan for a life on the outside, R4 is right there to guide them. Upon release, R4 provides positive social connections and the resources needed to become productive law abiding citizens.
The Vision of R4 is to Change Lives.
R4 transforms the lives of those who were formally incarcerated, who want another chance at becoming productive law-abiding citizens.
We work to ensure all returning citizens become and stay both physically and mentally healthy. This population is often considered the Lost, the Last and the Least desirable. Most return to children, spouses and loved ones they left behind, but some have lost their social support systems and any genuine work they may have had. We aim to give everyone the same support system.
Who Do We Help?
It is imperative that this population is afforded the opportunity to live productive lives and become law abiding citizens if that is their choice.
Children impacted by incarceration.
By adopting the Gretna Elementary school, where a portion of the children is impacted by incarceration.
Veterans who are Returning Citizens.
A large percentage of these Veterans are also homeless or at-risk for homelessness, and many others face such challenges as finding work and reintegrating into society.
Teaming Up With the D.C. Department of Corrections
R4 is working with the Washington, D.C. Department of Corrections to provide returning citizens with the basic necessities. With the passing of the Second Look Amendment Act, many returning citizens need resources that they didn't think have to look for. In response, we are helping returning citizens get a job, housing, insurance, etc.
R4 provided over 50 children at Altavista Elementary School with coats, hats, and gloves so they can stay nice and warm this winter!!!
Meet: Marcus & Warren
Two returning citizens given another chance from the Second Look Amendment Act
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While partnering with the D.C. Central Detention Facility, R4 has the opportunity to assist hundreds of returning citizens as they navigate reintegration. Marcus and Warren are returning citizens, who under the Second Look Amendment Act, were given an opportunity to receive assistance from R4 .
Marcus had been incarcerated for the majority of his life. He had given up hope of having a life outside of prison, but he was given that second chance! Rather than excitement, Marcus was very nervous. He had no family, no friends, and no plans. He feared that although rehabilitated, life on the streets would send him right back to prison. He was introduced to R4 through the D.C. Central Detention Facility and showed an honest passion for changing his life for the better.
In the past six months, Marcus has gotten an apartment, a full-time job, a car, and is currently enrolled in CDL training. He even adopted his new dog, Shotzi! Most importantly, Marcus has cultivated healthy relationships with people who genuinely want him to succeed. With the continued support of R4, Marcus is well on his way to achieving his dreams.
Warren had been incarcerated since he was a juvenile. When he was released, he knew exactly what he wanted to do, but he didn’t know where to start. He was also introduced to R4 through the D.C. Central Detention Facility. With our help and guidance, Warren was able to gain his footing right after release.
In the past six months, Warren has a full-time job, a car, an apartment, and a tremendous support system. He is even expecting a baby girl at the end of this year with his fiancée!
Both of these men are happy, thriving, and have more hope than ever when looking towards the future!
Meet: Michael Mangrum
Our 2020 Scholarship Recipient
Michael Mangrum is a 2020 graduate from Gretna High School in Gretna, VA. He has played trombone for the past 4 years in his school's band and he currently attended Radford University. he majors in music education. His goal is to become a band director at either the high school or collegiate level.
As a child of someone who is incarcerated, he was eligible to write an essay that gave him the opportunity to receive this scholarship. We are so proud of him and know that he will go on to do great things!
How can you help?
We couldn't provide our services without assistance and resources from our community.
Become a Volunteer
Take initiate to become a volunteer and help those people, who do not have any hope for good living.
Choose any medium either offline or online to send a donation to support people who who want another chance.
Show Some Love by donating to a returning citizen who wants to become a productive law-abiding citizen by giving to Rehabilitation, Reform & Reentry Resources, Inc.(R4) through CFC.
Our Designation Number is 65758