SVdP District Council of Attleboro Immersion Reentry Program
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By appointment only
By appointment only
June 25, 2022 7:29 pm local time
Who are we? We are local volunteers working to help incarcerated neighbors in need and their families be more successful as they inevitably return to our communities.
We are members of parish-based Vincentian Conferences, grouped regionally as the District Council of Attleboro, within the Diocesan Council of Fall River Massachusetts.
Attleboro Area Vincentians have been working with inmates and returning citizens since April 2016. In the past several years, we have been part of an evolving national Vincentian initiative called IMMERSION.
Like thousands of Vincentians throughout the world, we are guided by the Vincentian Rule. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States celebrated its 175th Anniversary in 2020 and is headquartered in St. Louis MO.
What do we do? We have helped over 1500 returning citizens and families members in Southeastern Massachusetts with basic reentry needs such as housing, transportation, licensing, education, employment, food, clothing and furniture. We do a lot of work with the mental health and substance abuse community. Sometimes we just listen. Our approach is face to face engagement, both behind bars, and outside the walls. This is known by most Vincentians as making home visits. We try to connect people with agencies and support groups that provide needed services. One Vincentian motto is “there is no form of charity foreign to the society”.
It is not easy navigating through bureaucracies – especially shouldering the very real stigma of criminal felon – however unfair or unwarranted that stigma may be. We advocate and walk with you. Sometimes we just listen and bolster your confidence to stay sober, stay out of jail and develop a future story and plans to get to a better place. You are one of God’s children and always deserve another chance. Reentry is hard and takes time.
If you or someone you know needs help reentering the community from incarceration, we can try to help.