is a charitable 501(c) (3) re-entry organization located in Richmond, Virginia, serving eastern Va. and southern Maryland. It is dedicated to providing solutions for returning veterans and citizens from correctional facilities who are faced with the lack of employment and housing options.
Virginia's prison and probation/parole population, now approximately 60,000, is continuously released each day, week, and year. After reentry preparation in the corrections system, there is no provision for employment or housing after prison. Most of the returning veterans and ex-offenders are unemployed, underemployed and need housing. Many of the jobless and homeless become incarcerated but afterwards return again to the community without jobs and housing.
Returning to prison adds to the recidivism rate and costs approximately $25,000 a year per person to federal, state and local taxpayers. 1% of Veterans protect 99% of America and make life and death sacrifices. The percentage of those who return to incarceration have earned the right for assistance in breaking that cycle. This new innovative approach was formed from the foresight and vision of Transition Solutions Enterprises' founders who understand that the societal and economic impact is enormous.
platform has been created to provide jobs, housing and skills level development for those returning from incarceration. These initial jobs and housing are a springboard and will lead to further skilled apprenticeship and certifiable training in the program. This approach is an evidenced-based practice believed necessary in reducing the rate of failure and citizens returning to prison. The VRS Program was designed to build upon the well conceived preparations for Virginia's Department of Corrections' returning citizens. Much effort has been placed into reentry preparation by Virginia's Reentry Initiative to equip each returning citizen who searches for employment and housing. Our project will build on that initiative and enhance the probability of success.