Revitalization / Reentry

Project 180 Adult Mentoring

Our Project 180 Adult Mentoring program recruits and matches community-based volunteer mentors with adult men housed at correctional facilities who are within a year of returning to Milwaukee County. The program provides group and one-on-one mentoring to the men who also receive case management and wrap-around services from staff. Community-based volunteer mentors provide group and one-on-one mentoring to adult men housed at correctional facilities who are within a year of returning to Milwaukee County. The program provides or links participants to a variety of wraparound services aimed at increasing the offenders’ likelihood of reaching individual goals, which could include:

  • Job skills development and job placement
  • Transportation
  • Driver’s license restoration
  • Legal aid
  • Substance abuse/mental health treatment
  • Child care
  • GED attainment
  • Housing
  • Parenting education

CFSS developed an Organic Mentoring Model, which is a comprehensive relationship development strategy that allows for substantive and meaningful mentor development through a series of unforced group encounters. The interaction at the group sessions may lead to a natural 1:1 mentor/mentee relationship and if this relationship is created, the “match” may meet prior to release and is encouraged to maintain the relationship after release.

For information on eligibility and requirements for becoming a mentor, contact Becky Redmond-Walker, Mentor Project Coordinator, at 414-270-2956.

Windows to Work

Partnering with Employ Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, we provide cognitive skills-based education to individuals releasing from Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility or Racine Correctional Institution to the Milwaukee area. CFSS integrates the use of evidence-based curricula with a variety of strategies including:

  • Tools that lead to conflict reduction, positive relationships and communication skills
  • The ability to recognize and positively respond to their risk-taking thoughts and actions
  • Job readiness and career advancement services
  • Support services to promote smooth reintegration.

Community Partnership Outreach Program

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Division of Community Corrections contracts with the Center for Self-Sufficiency to provide education and supplementary services to individuals releasing from Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF) to the Milwaukee area. The Community Partnership Outreach Program (CPOP) offers participants the tools to:

  • Reduce conflict
  • Build positive relationships and communication skills
  • Recognize and positively respond to their risk-taking thoughts and actions
  • Enhance pro-social contacts.