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Outreach

ORCA seeks out isolated District residents throughout the city in need of services and resources. ORCA partners with area service providers, shelters, half-way houses, District of Columbia United States  Federal Probation, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), and District agencies to identify returning residents in need of assistance and provide the following outreach:

Connects returning residents with government and private service agencies

It is often the case that returning residents lack information about the broad array of services and products offered by District government agencies. ORCA conducts a needs assessment with each of our residents in order to clearly identify risk and need factors that can impact successful reintegration. The assessment serves as a tool to then render the necessary service and/or connect residents with the appropriate agency. The District has over 50 agencies that can directly or indirectly assist with the reintegration of returning residents.

Provides public education to employers, landlords, and the general public about challenges that are faced by returning residents

The collateral consequences of incarceration often go unknown to the general public. Returning residents are certain to face a number of lingering challenges as a direct result of incarceration. It is no secret that the stigma of incarceration leads to barriers to employment, housing, educational and training opportunities that severely undermine the reintegration process. ORCA will launch public relations and public education campaigns to inform the broader community regarding the challenges, risks, needs, and strengths of returning residents.

Discussions with fellow citizens on the rewards and frustrations of reintegrating into society

ORCA along with volunteer returning residents will speak to neighborhood organizations and schools about the importance of a successful reintegration into the community and reconciliation with loved ones.

ORCA provides useful information and assistance for DC residents caught-up in the criminal justice system and residents returning from incarceration.