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 Gretna Elementary School with nice warm coats, hats and gloves so they can stay nice and warm this winter!!!
Meet: Flemon Franklin McNutt
An inmate who survived COVID-19
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Franklin has been incarcerated for the majority of his life. He begin his life of crime at the age of 18, he is now 52 years old. Franklin reached out to R4 in October 2019. He told me on the first phone call that he had no one to come home to after 13 years of incarceration and was being released as homeless and indigent.
He was extremely nervous! I assured Franklin that if he wanted a new start on life that R4 would be there to help him every step of the way. From that day on, Franklin and I talked or emailed several times a week. I wanted to assure him that he would not be alone when he was released.
After several months of communication, he explained to me that his very first cellmate was James Earl Ray. He told me that is when he really learned to hate. He was heavily involved in gangs and only saw the world one way, his way! After years of incarceration, losing everyone that he loved and leaning on God, Franklin said he had to change, he wanted to change and he has changed his life!
On March 27, 2020, 45 days before his release, Franklin was admitted to the hospital with COVID 19. His Federal Correctional Institution were one of the hardest hit with the virus. Franklin was placed on a ventilator for 16 days and had to be revived twice. Rumors spread throughout the compound that he had passed away.
There were no next of kin; therefore all of the inmates reached out to me to find out if it was true. Both his parents are deceased and he had not had any contact with his immediate family for over 10 years. He considered R4 as his only family.
On April 28th, I received a call from Franklin, he had survived COVID 19. Since then, he has been released as a COVID 19 survivor. Franklin has a very long road ahead of him. Not only as a Returning Citizen, but with the side effects of COVID 19 adding his trials and tribulations.
Since his release mid May, R4 has been there to assist Franklin every step of the way, as he becomes a productive law abiding citizen! He has also made amends with his siblings and children.
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