A Place to thrive
Connection and belonging is one of our most basic human needs and essential to reintegration. Supportive communities can come from many places, including recovery groups, communities of faith, and work teams. Weld members practice connection and accountability as a critical part of a healthy, successful, and reintegrated life.
We help our members overcome obstacles to housing, employment, and community connection; but we don’t stop there. We want to see people not only get second chances but to flourish and thrive. Reducing recidivism and relapse is crucial, as is preventing homelessness, but our local communities will only become safe and sustainable places to live if people are thriving.
In the decade since the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse released its first report on substance abuse among the America's prison population, no progress has been made in reducing the numbers of inmates with substance abuse problems crowding the nation’s prisons and jails. In fact, 65% of the nation’s inmates meet medical criteria for substance abuse and addiction. Shockingly, only 11% receive treatment for their addictions.
Upon release, often to the streets or to communities of poor influence, the temptation to use again is overwhelming and unavoidable. From its inception, Weld has embraced people with substance abuse disorders. We believe that everyone belongs, even, perhaps especially, when beleaguered with the mental and emotional anguish of addictive behaviors.
Weld communities are an alcohol and drug free space. Members agree to randomized drug screening throughout their stay in a Weld home, and participation in a recovery community is deeply encouraged.
Jobs & Education
Bryan Stevenson, the Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, is correct when he says, "Too often the opposite of poverty is not wealth - it's justice." Having been incarcerated makes it much more likely a person will suffer poverty post-incarceration, as having a criminal record makes it harder to find work, get student aid, and access many basic social programs. Prison causes poverty, but poverty also often leads to prison. It’s a devastating cycle.
Weld connects its members to employers across the Puget Sound region. We help with resume building, mock interviews, and job searching. We also support member education. Weld provides eight scholarships each year for members investing in their ongoing education.
Safe & Healthy Communities
Weld members are nothing if not a community of people who care for and hold each other accountable. The connection that exists with our members is rare and sacred. It is a model of honesty and vulnerability that all communities could learn from. We hold high the values of showing up, being present, and telling the truth.
Along with their commitment to participate in weekly group house meetings, members have access to mental health counselors and professional therapists. Members are also encouraged to invest in their physical health and well-being. To help in this process, Weld has partnered with local gyms to cover the first month fees for all Weld members.
When a person returns from prison with a supportive community around them, it makes all of our communities safer and healthier.
Are you in need of assistance from Weld? Begin your journey here.