WeHOPE breaks down all the barriers that stand in the way of achieving self-sufficiency through programs that put an end to underemployment, find affordable housing, help individuals budget for financial sustainability, and strengthen personal and community relationships through life skills classes and restorative practices to combat recidivism.
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600+ program graduates since the start of the program in 2016
Reducing recidivism rates while providing jobs with a purpose.
In 2003, WeHOPE Founders, Pastor Paul, and Cheryl Bains recognized that adequate employment is key in reducing recidivism. Even more, a career with a purpose is important in building a fulfilling life.
Legislative and social barriers towards the formerly incarcerated can make it difficult to find work, which is why WeHOPE provides meaningful employment to those leaving prison while offering the support and resources needed to excel in their career and life.
More than 55% of all WeHOPE employees were formerly incarcerated.
WeHOPE’s “Restoring HOPE” recidivism rate is 3% while the state of California’s overall recidivism rate is 50%
Combatting the school to prison pipeline and relations between youth offenders and police officers through restorative practices.
In partnership with the San Jose Police Department, WeHOPE will address and reduce the school to prison pipeline, the recidivism rate and the risk of homelessness by reimagining relations, perceptions, and interactions between police and juvenile offenders of color through restorative practices.
By bringing police officers and juvenile offenders of color together, each group can increase their understanding of the other and the challenges each face. WeHOPE’s unique approach includes:
Program launch: March 2021 – Lead gift provided by Amgen