The plight of formerly incarcerated individuals facing barriers to employment and community reintegration has been a cornerstone of IMAN’s work since its inception. Through Green ReEntry, IMAN provides transitional housing, life skills education, and sustainable construction training for returning citizens in Chicago and Atlanta.
A recent Pew Center study measured the rate of recidivism in Illinois at 51.7 percent over a three-year period, The national average was 45.4 percent. To address the root causes of recidivism, IMAN incorporates an integrated team approach to meet the holistic needs–physical, mental, spiritual, and social–of returning citizens.
With the support of Chicago CRED and Chicago Beyond, the Green ReEntry program significantly expanded in 2017 to address the unique challenges faced by young men in the inner-city. Green ReEntry cohorts now utilize an intergenerational, mentorship-based model that facilitates personal and professional growth. To deepen this support system, IMAN recently opened its first Youth Leadership Home as an additional resource for young leaders.