Director of Family Reunification/Reentry
City of Refuge
Breaking cycles of incarceration by connecting returning citizens with their families.
As Director of Family Reunification/Reentry, I serve men and women who are reentering their communities, from incarceration, as well as those who seek to strengthen their leadership abilities and characters – using the TYRO curriculum. TYRO is a holistic, multi-faceted character-building program, designed to strengthen individuals and families. The word TYRO is Latin, meaning novice, apprentice, or someone learning something new. It teaches participants how to overcome destructive generational cycles of poverty, incarceration, dependency, and reduces recidivism rates.
TYRO addresses the culture of entitlement and empowers individuals to reinvent themselves. TYRO Dads participants have had a 19.6% recidivism rate after three years, 97% report a strong commitment to fatherhood, and 90% report a strong feeling of hopefulness for the future.
The program is comprised of two sub-programs, both designed to develop men and women in the areas of leadership, relationship building, character building, communication, parenting, life-skills, continuing education, and career planning.