People come home from prison every day full of hope for a new beginning. But with no one to lend a helping hand during the tricky transition to civil society, it’s easy for them to lose their way – especially, when faced with the practical needs for food, clothing and shelter and when confronted with the tough realities of a generally unforgiving society.

Without positive support, even the simplest responsibilities – like making it to a job interview on time – become opportunities for failure for former offenders. And as one failure sets the stage for another, it can be hard for even those with the best intentions to keep from returning to the world of crime and corrections.