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Programs

Sponsors Transitions Program provides short-term housing and wraparound services to people releasing from prison and jail to Lane County. Long-Term and Permanent Supportive Housing are also available to those facing the greatest barriers to securing a safe, affordable place to live in the broader community.  Additionally, the Ross Shephard Reentry Resource Center offers a wide range of support and services to help individuals rebuild their lives.

Housing

Can you imagine trying to establish a comfortable and successful life without the important foundation of a home? For many, the very thought of this is unimaginable, yet finding a home is often the single most challenging hurdle to clear during the reentry journey.  The absence of a home makes tackling health challenges, finding employment and developing healthy relationships nearly impossible. That’s why Sponsors, with the generous support of our partners, is committed to providing affordable housing options for our most vulnerable community members.

Transitional Housing

Transitional housing provides individuals exiting incarceration with a safe, supportive home as they embark on their reentry journey.  Participants in our voluntary program have access to a Case Manager, employment support, individualized assistance to meet basic needs, behavioral health services, and mentorship.

To learn more or apply for Sponsors Transitions Program, email [email protected]

Permanent Supportive Housing

Sponsors also provides affordable long-term housing solutions for individuals who experience the greatest barriers to achieving housing stability in the community. In collaboration with Homes for Good and other key partners, Sponsors continues to develop new supportive housing programs to supports participants move toward self-sufficiency.

Roosevelt Crossing is Sponsors transitional housing campus for male-identifying residents, while the Downtown Campus is reserved for female-identifying residents. Bothy Cottage is a unique property designed specifically for mothers in transition to live with their children.

The Oaks at 14th and Jeffrey Commons are just two of several Sponsors campuses offering long term housing with continued supports. These affordable housing communities are designed to meet the needs of individuals who have graduated from transitional housing and experience barriers that make it very difficult for them to secure other housing in the community.

Mentorship

The Mentorship Program brings together trained community volunteers with people who are reentering the community after incarceration. Sponsors Mentorship program cultivates healthy social connections, with the aim of fostering productive habits, building community, and providing new positive experiences. Most mentor-mentee matches are made while mentees are still incarcerated and extend several months post-release. This model allows the pairs to build bonds early and prepare for the process of reentry.

For many mentors and mentees alike, the friendship forged through this program lasts a lifetime.

Each pairing is granted an allowance for activities each month.
Funds are often used to purchase fishing licenses, woodworking supplies, coffee, movie tickets, or a nice dinner!

The Mentorship Program also plan recreational events, including day trips in nature and free tickets to a variety of arts and cultural events.  Staff also facilitate support groups and host speaker potlucks. Mentors and mentees receive individualized support from Mentorship staff to help the match be successful.

Become a Mentor Today

We’re always on the look-out for new community members who might be interested in becoming a mentor. We’ve heard from many of our past mentors that the experience working with a mentee was life-changing! We ask that Mentors be at least 24 years old. Those with conviction histories are strongly encouraged to apply. At least two years of sobriety is also required.

If you would like to explore opportunities to become a mentor, please contact Mentorship Director Amy Myers at 541-505-5665 or by email at [email protected]

Reentry Resource Center

The Ross Shepard Reentry Resource Center (RRC) is a bustling hub of activity for people reentering our community after incarceration. Participants receive individualized support to:
• Search for employment, connect with Second Chance Employers, prepare resumes, and practice for first-time interviews
• Secure important records such as a birth certificate, state ID and other legal documents
• Identify long-term housing options, submit applications, and develop a housing packet that showcases successes and encourages landlords to look beyond a background check in considering a rental application
• Transportation help, such as a bus pass
• Access transportation assistance (bus pass) and supportive funds to help pay a rental deposit, purchase work equipment, and address other one-time financial needs

The RRC also facilitates a number of group-based workshops on a variety of topics, including a legal clinic provided through the UO School of Law.

If you’d like to learn more about the services offered through the Reentry Resource Center, please contact Center Director, Rene Soto at [email protected] or (541)505-5682

Support Services

Sponsors residents receive compassionate and caring support that includes behavioral health services. Our on-site counselors provide one-on-one support, lead group therapy sessions, and make referrals for drug and alcohol treatment, and other services as appropriate.

The Sponsors team specializes in trauma-informed care with an emphasis on mindfulness. Learning to identify emotions, without shame or judgment, paves the path toward self-regulation. Participants transform their lives as they develop skills to manage stress and regulate emotions.

Several specialized cognitive-behavioral therapy groups offer participants a safe and supportive environment to build trust and strengthen the spirit of community at Sponsors. Groups also support participants to effectively communicate their feelings in a positive and respectful way.

Participants work one-on-one with a Case Manager who helps empower them through their unique reentry challenges and successes. Case managers coordinate with other service providers and program staff to tailor a case plan that supports each participant’s needs and goals.