How and Why They Came Together in Community: A Case Study of a Reentry Program for Women with a History of Incarceration
A community-based program was provided for reentry women to support their continued process of returning to community. This study explored the RCC Coming Home Program as it formed partnerships, developed resources, and utilized the community connections to provide two 24-week programs (2018-2019). A single case study qualitative methodology and narrative analysis explored this reentry program through 18 current interviews (community partners, mentors, volunteers, leadership and a reentry woman) combined with archival program data to understand this program within the community and explore (1) why people got involved, (2) why they returned week after week, (3) challenges and (4) areas of restoration. Using Relational Cultural Theory as a framework, this study found common factors for why people got involved (alignment to values to provide support; abundance of resources) and stayed involved (I/we connected) despite challenges (mismatched expectations) with common elements suggesting a supportive restorative environment.
Social work|Womens studies|Criminology
Groman, Susan, "How and Why They Came Together in Community: A Case Study of a Reentry Program for Women with a History of Incarceration" (2023). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30485447.