Recognizing common experiences and reentry needs, Pre-Release Center (PRC) Unit 1 is entirely dedicated to providing gender specific services to women. Serving as a women-only housing unit, the environment fosters the time and space for women to focus on their relevant reentry needs using program opportunities and community connections. Staff works to address reentry needs around family, employment, substance abuse, housing, family and children, emotions, self esteem, relationships, health, finances, and independence.
Each week, the women participate in a discussion group that creates a platform to address feelings and experiences from their personal lives as well as those related to the incarceration and reentry process. The group functions to effectively provide support and feedback to each member as it relates to their personal lives and experiences as women.
Community representatives serve as guest speakers in the discussion group and several volunteers are regularly involved with the women to provide further support and guidance. The women are encouraged to take advantage of numerous community programs and resources connected with PRC. The Silver Spring Interfaith Housing Coalition provides affordable housing and case management services to women with children. The Life Skills Workshop series is a popular program that focuses on job readiness and reentering the workforce. Participants are connected with mentors, provided professional attire and exposed to special topic presentations. Montgomery County’s Health and Human Services also offers a wide array of programs that the women can connect to while on the program and benefit from after their release from PRC.