Revitalization / Reentry

Project 180 Adult Mentoring

Our Project 180 Adult Mentoring program recruits and matches community-based volunteer mentors with men housed at various correctional facilities who are within a year of returning to Milwaukee County. The program provides both group and one-on-one mentoring to men who also receive case management and wrap-around services from staff. The program provides or links participants to a variety of services aimed at increasing the participants 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.

Project F.R.E.E. – Fatherhood, Relationship, Engagement, and Education

CFSS’s “Project F.R.E.E.”, Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s entitled “Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers, Young Mothers, and Their Children” seeks to promote freedom from incarceration, poverty and the cycle of absentee fatherhood.

This project works exclusively with young men at Racine Youthful Offender Correctional facility who are rejoining the Milwaukee community, and is designed to:

  • Reduce recidivism
  • Support responsible parenting
  • Improve economic stability & self-sufficiency among fathers (age 15-24)

The revitalization services include healthy relationship, parenting and employment-related instruction, mentoring, visits and activities for fathers and children. In addition, participants have access to job training, employers, legal aid, support services and assistance with custody issues which they access from our project partners.