Imagine you made a mistake in your past that put you in behind bars. You did your time, you learned from your mistakes and now you are ready to get back to life outside the walls.
After a few days back in society, you quickly learn that there is very little hope or help. Most employers won’t hire you. Most landlords won’t rent to you. Nobody trusts you. You are lost, alone, and have nowhere to turn.
This is where Weld comes in.
Weld believes that everyone should be given the opportunity to belong and thrive. We believe that transformation should be available and open to all, no matter your past. And we know that our communities are made safer, healthier, and stronger when we reduce barriers to former prisoners reentering society.
Consider Ron. He had paid his debt to society after 20 years of incarceration and learned he would be released on parole. Upon receiving this news, he was overjoyed at the thought of freedom.
As his release date approached, his fear and anxiety of what he would find outside the gates became overwhelming. He could not imagine a place where he could work, live, or find a supportive community.
He was so overcome with sadness the night before he was going to be released, that he hung himself.
He never tasted the freedom he had dreamed of for 20 years.
He didn’t know Weld existed. This tragic story should never happen again.
Weld has a proven track record and is poised to help hundreds of former prisoners waiting to be released. Weld provides transitional housing, pathways to employment, a sober and accountable community for those in recovery, and a wide array of supportive services for our community members engaged in re-entry.
Together we can be the difference between someone becoming a repeat offender or building a life they have always dreamed of.