Reentry Orientation and Opportunity Transitional Support (Roots)

To support socially responsive research and innovations in program development for Incarcerated and Returning Citizens to reduce recidivism.

Our goal is to end mass incarceration and the harm it causes to families and communities by effectively addressing the challenges/barriers faced by those who reenter society after incarceration through cutting-edge progressive research, innovative programming development, and culturally responsive policy change.

Workforce Development

Employment Placement
Professional Development
Mentorship and Coaching
Workforce Transitional Support
Workforce Retention Support

Educational Enrichment

GED and High School Diploma Support
Colleges and Universities Advisory Support
Admissions and Registration Support
Financial Aid Advisement
Tutorial Support
Internships and Practicums Support
Scholarships Support

Supportive Housing

Supportive Services

Behavioral Health

Case Management
Life Skills Psychosocial Support
Community Reintegration Support
Substance Use Disorder Support

Mentorship and Coaching

Once participant’s basic needs are met, we provide alternative health training to strengthen over-all health and well-being, and community sustainability.

Strengthening Community Sustainability

To further ensure community sustainability, ROOTS use Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM) to strengthen reentry outcomes under our innovations in reentry programs. RISE has provided CAM to Incarcerated Citizens (RC) in San Mateo County Jail Choices Program, San Bruno Correctional Facility Five Keys Charter School, Community-Based Organizations, and community. The CAM is specifically designed to address the overall health needs in a non-invasive, non-medical manner associated with multigenerational trauma. ROOTS CAM consists of:

  • Mindfulness Meditation: To address trauma and reduce stress associated with reentry.
  • Neuro/biofeedback: To improve focus and attention, increase self-discipline and awareness, reduce anxiety, relieve depression, reduce stress, reduce cravings, improve emotional wellness, and identify acute head injury from blunt traumas associated with physical injury.
  • Optimum Health: To help restore the biological systems impacted by historical trauma, substance use, and incarceration using organic, live, and natural foods.
  • Transformational Expressive Arts (TEA): The use of expressive arts in Self-Discovery, Self-Development, Artistic Expressions, and Self-Actualization. TEA addresses communication skills, curiosity/imagination, emotional intelligence, self-awareness and self-esteem, socialization.
  • Healing Circles: To help support returning citizens by facilitating peer-to-peer discussions within healing circles for a variety of topics focused on reentry. The communal gathering consists of those impacted by family dysfunctions, substance use, criminality, incarceration, the criminal justice system, and reentry.


ROOTS Alternative to Violence Training Program

ROOTS in partnership with Building Life Foundation Nonviolence Center (BLF), and Mad Miracles & Transformation (MMT) strives to help empower Returning Citizens returning from correctional facilities learn life skills to reduce violence against self, and others. Kingian Nonviolence Training (KNT) is based on the nonviolence philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr… Kingian Nonviolence is a philosophy and methodology that provides the knowledge, skills, and motivation people need to pursue peaceful strategies for solving personal and community problems.

MMT training consist of self-love, self-awareness, and self-empowerment, effective communication, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence. Both trainings are critical for RCs who may have a history, or a propensity, toward violence. This training will teach RCs how to incorporate KNT and MMT into their daily life at home, work, and in the community with the goal of better managing anger, thus decreasing violence, re-offense, and recidivism.

Training Curriculum:

  • Civil Rights Tours
  • Classroom Instructions
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Focus Groups
  • Mentorship
  • Personal Coaching: RISE, Building Life Foundations, and Mad Miracles

Technical Resource Navigation

During reentry, Returning Citizens (RC) are required to meet certain conditions of probation or parole.

To assist RCs efforts to meet these conditions, ROOTS maintains collaborative relationships with engineering partners tasked with creating technical navigational tools that RCs can use to meet supervisory standards successfully.

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