At Resonance, our mission is to help troubled women change…for good. Through accredited programs developed exclusively for women–and the special challenges and responsibilities they face as women–Resonance provides the tools, services and support that enable them to make positive life changes for themselves, their family, and the community.
Women’s Reentry Support Services
For women, leaving the structured, highly disciplined world of incarceration can mean facing a strange new world of freedom fenced with “No Entry” signs. At Resonance, we offer Reentry Support Services for non-violent offenders on the “inside” to prepare them before their release for life on the “outside”–and provide a bridge over the barriers that threaten their success.
Resonance provides Reentry Support Services to women housed at Eddie Warrior Correction Facility in Taft, Oklahoma and through our newest program,Choosing to Change,at Turley Residential Center just outside of Tulsa. Participants are given an exceptional opportunity to regain control of their lives by preparing for successful community reentry.
Working one-on-one with offenders three to six months prior to release, Resonance provides the tools and resources that focus on:
- Job readiness
- Locating clean and sober housing
- Participation in substance abuse education and/or treatment
- Family Reunification
- Securing vital documents for housing and employment (Social Security cards, food handler permits, drivers’ licenses, etc.)
Choosing to Change Program
No other reentry support program in Oklahoma compares with the Resonance Choosing to Change initiative now offered at Turley Residential Center. This comprehensive, eight-week program combines our partnerships with employers, education providers, professional mentors, domestic violence services and more to provide an all-encompassing opportunity for women to successively transition to a responsible, substance-free life.
Make no doubt that our Choosing to Change program is as intensive as it is rigorous, and not all women who sign-up for the program complete it. But for those who do, Choosing to Change is a lifeline for offenders who make the decision to transform themselves into productive, employed, responsible adults.
Over eight weeks, Resonance facilitates weekly sessions that target the following areas:
- Relapse prevention
- Job readiness training
- Employment mentoring
- Computer training
- Relationship education
Oklahoma holds the dubious distinction of having more women incarcerated than any other state. Most of these women are imprisoned for drug or alcohol offenses. Resonance believes that by implementing the right treatment, rehabilitation, and reentry programs, female offenders about to transition back into society will have the skills and eye-opening knowledge to start anew. They will learn to live self-sufficiently, serve as a role model for their children, and pursue a positive course in life.
Why Mentoring Is Crucial to Offenders About to Transition
As part of the Resonance Choosing to Change program at Turley Residential Facility, our mentoring program offers a variety of benefits to offenders in biweekly meetings that include peer support, positive role models and lifelong connections. The mentoring curriculum also incorporates healthy recreational activities with community resource education. The primary goal is to foster camaraderie through positive peer group interaction while also developing trusted one-on-one relationships with a female role model. Contact Resonance for more information on becoming a mentor.
Resonance Reentry Program Partner Providers
Our partner providers are essential to assembling the building blocks needed for successful transition. They include:
• Tulsa Community College
• Workforce Tulsa
• Poetic Justice
• Junior League
• Leadership Series
• Prison Yoga Project
Take 2: A Resonance Cafe
Take 2: A Resonance Café is an extension of our reentry services. Take 2 offers a safe, positive and educational work and living environment for women transitioning out of prison. For more information on the café, visit www.take2tulsa.com.
Resonance Center for Women is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that relies, in part, on financial gifts from generous individuals and companies. To learn how you can make an extraordinary impact on women’s lives or to learn more about our programs and services, Contact Resonance today.