3 area programs receive UW jail mentoring grants

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The United Way of the Wabash Valley announced a grant award from its Substance Use Disorders Impact Council that is working to lower the amount of drug-related arrests in our community.

“It was very encouraging to see the variety of programs that applied for this grant opportunity. It gave our volunteers incredible options to create impact on the lives of youth and adults across the Wabash Valley,” Jordan Orwig, Substance Use Disorder Resource Team Chair, explained. “We understand if we can decrease the amount of habitual offenses and to aid in helping individuals into recovery, we can begin to turn the tide on the affects that substance use disorder is having on our entire community.”

Three area programs have been selected to receive a total of $98,000 over the next two years.

The programs receiving funding include:

  • Child-Adult Resource Services – will provide MRT certified facilitator/mentor with men and women groups in the Parke County Jail including follow up services once released from jail.
  • Next Step Foundation – will provide mentoring support for men and women who are incarcerated in Vigo, Parke, Clay, Vermillion, and Sullivan county jails with a target goal to provide 120 mentoring relationships per year total for all 5 counties.
  • Hamilton Center – will focus on youth at the Vigo County Juvenile Detention Center.

The United Way’s Substance Use Disorders Council focuses substance use prevention, treatment and recovery solutions in support of its goal for the community to move 10,000 families out of financial struggles and into stability.

Research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that 77% of drug offenders released were rearrested within five years, and nearly half of those within the first year of release.

This grant will allow individuals to begin their path to recovery while in jail with the goal of continuing that journey upon their release.

“This grant builds upon the work already begun by the United Way’s Substance Use Disorders Impact Council. Their first grant to create Peer Recovery Specialists and now this grant create an overarching approach to being able to curb the affects of substance use disorder in the Wabash Valley,” Richard Payonk, Executive Director of the United Way of the Wabash Valley, said. “We are so proud of this council for breaking down silos and working collaboratively with local law enforcement, treatment providers and non-profits to address substance use disorder. We know that these relationships will have a long-term positive impact on our community and United Way’s bold goal.”

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