This 16-week program pairs those coming out of crisis such as prison, addiction, abuse, or trafficking with our trained Life Advocates. Following the proprietary curriculum, the participants and their Life Advocates meet weekly to establish a unique and meaningful path to lasting change.
The committed adults in this program dramatically increase their success in realizing dreams, such as sustainable employment or higher education goals, and minimize their chances of relapse or reincarceration.
Why this program is needed
People coming from incarceration, addiction recovery, or crisis often need help to move forward: help in overcoming societal barriers, building skills, making plans, finding supportive connections, and recovering their belief in a better future.
How it works
The Empowering Adults Program participants are highly motivated individuals who have overcome significant life challenges. They come to us by referral from our partner organizations.
The Life Advocate volunteers join us from the local faith community and receive extensive trauma informed training in coaching techniques, cultural awareness, and our proprietary curriculum to work with our program participants.
Once matched, each participant and Life Advocate meet weekly for 16 weeks to engage in a self-discovery curriculum, goal setting, and strengthen their problem-solving ability.
The areas our participants and Life Advocates may explore include:
Self-discovery--identifying skills,strengths, talents, passions
- Examining and increasing change readiness
- Short and long-term goals for work, home and family
- Identifying and accessing resources
- Planning and securing higher education
- Career sills--resume development, job applications, and mock trials
- Life skills--budgeting, success behaviors, and emotional intelligence
- Moving past barriers and feeling stuck
- Celebrating progress and successes
I was raised in a dysfunctional family environment where I was introduced to drugs and alcohol at the age of 12. I carried this addiction through my adolescent and early adulthood years, causing legal trouble. I began Empowering Adults two months before graduating from Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. During my journey with the Life Advocates, I completed my self-discovery and determined I had a passion for warehouse logistics and electrical work. I landed a job as a forklift operator with a stable wage. In three short months, I was promoted. My employer is sending me to Electrician Training School (tuition paid) and plans to move me up in the company. I am so excited about the bright prospects of my future.
-Javier, Empowering Adults Program Graduate of 2018
"There is a purpose and plan for everyone. Your support helps our participants discover their plan, breakthrough doubt and obstacles, and bring it to life."
-Kevin Saunders, Catalyst
How Can You Support?
Your investment in RCFL helps build a bridge to a strong future for adults coming out of incarceration, rehabilitation, and who are overcoming significant life challenges.
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Becoming a Life Advocate
Do you feel called to support our Empowering Adults Program? Consider making a difference in a committed adult's life who is coming out of a crisis by becoming a trained Life Advocate.
Contact us to learn more.