The process of reentering the family may be one of the most complex and emotionally challenging aspects of reintegration into society. Through Lydia’s Place, Renewal Inc. provides a safe space where men, women and families can learn to cope with those challenges as they successfully rebuild their lives and relationships. We are committed to individuals who are ready to be part of their children’s lives by supporting their efforts to do so. Lydia’s Place offers a full continuum of relationship-focused services for families that have been impacted by incarceration. Specialized programs focus on Family Strengthening and Mentoring and on providing Housing assistance.
Our Family Strengthening Program, available through Lydia’s Place, provides comprehensive services for parents in our care as they seek to reunite with their children.
We deliver evidence-based parent education intended to help participants develop healthy parenting tools and to identify and manage the emotional triggers of their substance abuse or other criminal behaviors. Through visitation and family fun events, we offer families a safe and comfortable atmosphere where they can relearn to communicate with each other and build new, positive memories.
The Mentoring Program further extends the sense of confidence Renewal provides by giving participants a resource to safely and openly share their thoughts, concerns and experiences related to their reunion with their families. Mentors encourage participants to talk about their important relationships, to become more conscious of their history of incarceration and to establish and reach the goals they have set for their new futures.
We provide six months of housing assistance, funded by the PA Department of Corrections, through a referral process from the PA Board of Probation and Parole, including assisting individuals in obtaining and securing safe and affordable housing. The Housing Coordinator also creates connections for reentrants with other community resources, utility assistance programs, and food and household items.