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WHY IARC?

OUR RATIONALE

Today, there are a wide variety of initiatives geared toward helping marginalized individuals reintegrate in their communities. A close analysis of those initiatives reveals that most, if not all, focus on a few key areas, such as providing temporary shelter, teaching money management, or training for specific trades. Reintegrating vulnerable individuals is a complex problem that requires a multi-faceted approach to effectively tackle the numerous obstacles that impede success.

This action research project will rely on a holistic approach (social, cultural, spiritual, economic, and political) to help at-risk individuals become productive community members, thus breaking the cycle of recidivism. Additional components of the project include, but are not limited to: identification of obstacles that impede progress (e.g. housing, education, employment, financial literacy); identification of social support services (e.g. mental health, individual and family counseling, health care access, mentoring); and engagement with local government, nonprofit, and faith-based institutions.

IARC intends to address these concerns by facilitating:
  • A nation-wide network to support marginalized individuals
  • Research-based programs and services
  • Continuous mentoring and follow up

To accomplish these challenging initiatives, IARC will oversee the design and the implementation of a longitudinal research project.

Specifically, IARC will be responsible for:
  • Partner the research participants with needed services and service providers.
  • Design, create, and maintain a comprehensive database containing local resources.
  • Create a "Citizen's Savings Club" which will become a "Citizen's Credit Union" for participants. 
  • Develop a social entrepreneurship program designed to identify and create streams of income for research participants.
  • Collaborate with Healing Communities and other community service agencies.

MOVING FORWARD
THERE IS NO OTHER OPTION


  1. NATIONAL DATABASE
    Design, create, and maintain a comprehensive database containing local resources.
  2. MENTORING PROGRAM
    Partner the research participants with needed services and service providers.
  3. ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
    Create a "Citizen's Savings Club" which will become a "Citizens Credit Union" for participants.
  4. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
    Develop a social entrepreneurship program designed to help identify and create streams of income for research participants.
  5. CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
    IARC Mentoring Program Graduates engage in the recruitment of at least one new participant to become a member of the next IARC Mentoring Class.