Redemptive Work (RW) is an Austin-based, non-profit and advocacy group dedicated to making sustainable living a reality for displaced and seemingly unemployable persons. We serve a diverse and at-risk population of homeless, previously incarcerated, and disabled people as they navigate through poverty, addiction, discrimination, mental or physical health crisis, and many other barriers to sustainability. We coach clients to achieve the essentials necessary for sustainable living: secure income, manageable housing, and access to healthcare.
For many people recently released from prison, aspects of life such as employment, housing, and general well-being are impossible to find. Often they, struggle with addiction and poverty, making it difficult to know where to begin in the process of societal reintegration. Although no one has all the solutions, one of Redemptive Work’s (RW) goals is to ease the transition from prison to society by providing guidance to its clients about the steps necessary to attain a sustainable lifestyle.
A longtime client of RW, J.V. currently lives at the Austin Transitional Center (ATC), and has become skilled at navigating the facets of this often-problematic halfway house. He hopes to leave soon and find permanent housing. J.V. is motivated to improve his health, and has quit smoking, being nicotine-free for several months. Although J.V. has some health issues, he has not filed for disability, and he is receiving medical treatment to improve his prospects. Despite his health problems, J.V. feels that he can work, and is currently searching for career opportunities that match his skillset. He previously worked as an Air Conditioning technician, and hopes to work while also attending HVAC/heating school. J.V. obtained a valid ID and SS card, and created a resume that highlighted his skills during his most recent visit to RW. These actions resulted in an excellent job opportunity.
For clients such as J.V., it can be hard to narrow down goals and values in a way that is beneficial to long-term sustainability. With the coaching and assistance at RW, this process is easier, so clients can determine what they want, and how to go about achieving it. As a nonprofit organization, RW depends on your help to assist clients such as J.V., so please donate or inquire about volunteer opportunities today. Together, we can help previously incarcerated or disenfranchised clients to attain a better future.
Writer: Brittany Speetles