Each year, as many as 35,000 people return to Philadelphia from incarceration, often struggling with the same question: “What now?” Returning citizens face a lifetime of barriers, but the first few days and weeks are particularly daunting. They are released from prison with questions about where they are going to live, how they might support themselves, and where they might find help.
On September 30th, 2017, Redemption Housing is partnering with six fellow members of the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition for the inaugural Day One Challenge. This three-hour immersion experience will place community members and activists “in the shoes” of Philadelphia’s returning citizens, providing a glimpse of what they have to experience in the days and weeks following their release. Participants of of the Day One Challenge will work together to locate supports in employment and education, obtain their state IDs, and find a place to sleep until they can “get back on their feet.” Upon completion, they will have a greater understanding of the challenges that await a returning citizen and a greater appreciation for the variety of supports offered by Philadelphia’s nonprofit service providers.
What would you do if you found yourself fresh out of prison, a social outcast in a strange city with nowhere to lay your head? Could you survive life “on the outside?” Enter Redemption Housing’s Day One Challenge to find out.
More information at redemptionhousing.org.
Register at dayonechallenge.org.
Video by Janelle Delia.
Music "As By Fire Between Walls" by Joshua Stamper.