Business of Living
Each individual has the opportunity to jump-start his or her own life business. As we examine our lives, we know we have to get smarter, better at our jobs, and be better people. The Business of Living is designed to help participants identify and overcome any challenges they may face by focusing on four aspects of living their life – occupational, educational, personal, and spiritual. Gatekeepers strives to empower individuals to overcome impediments to be who whey want to be. Gatekeepers has created the Business of Living and uses it to help current and former inmates chart their re-entry path to success. Gatekeepers works with men and women currently incarcerated to get them started on their re-entry planning. Gatekeepers will then meet them at the gate on their day of release (if needed) and get them immediately started on implementing their re-entry plan. Bill and others from Gatekeepers have presented the Business of Living Program to hundreds of men and women at local detention centers, state prisons, and federal penitentiaries.
The Resource Club at Gatekeepers is a gathering of family. It's a group of 70 to 80 people. A combination of citizens and returning citizens. We meet on a regular basis to share stories, resources, and support one another. The group is a great way to network with others in the community. The Resource Club meets for about an hour starting at 10:00am on Saturdays at the Trinity Lutheran Church (come to the entrance in the parking lot). Free breakfast from Roy Rogers starts at 9:30am.
Returning to the community from jail or prison is a complex transition for most offenders, as well as for their families and communities. Upon reentering society, former offenders are likely to struggle with substance abuse, lack of adequate education and job skills, limited housing options, and mental health issues. Our seminars are devoted to helping prepare men and women to leave prison with a positive outlook—ready to succeed. These seminars are available on request and have been provided in local detention centers, state prisons, and federal penitentiaries.
Peer Coaching Support
One way Gatekeepers works to reduce recidivism rates in our community is to offer peer support services. Our goal is to match inmates from prison, jail, the Day Reporting Center, or recovery houses who have an upcoming expected release date with “alumni” peer coaches on the outside. They then work together one-on-one to be linked with logistical re-entry planning, emotional support and long-term recovery tools to facilitate their transition away from incarceration. Several volunteers are currently leading the way and we need others to come alongside to grow the program.
Gatekeepers can help program participants with things like first month’s rent, getting a cell phone, getting bus passes, providing a voucher for clothes, and other items. Come to the Gatekeepers office and let’s see how we can help!