Brookside Community Reentry was created by Brookside Community Church out of a need to serve the high number of individuals that reenter society from the criminal justice system in the 46201 zip code each year. Our mission is to help previously incarcerated men and women overcome barriers to their reentry within the context of Christian community.
We achieve this work through our Isaiah House Residential Program – a 12-15 month residential discipleship program, The Bridge worship service – a weekly worship service where barriers are broken and bridges of success are built to support men and women in their reentry journey, and our Reentry Hub – where men and women can be discipled and cared for as we assist in breaking transportation, employment, housing, addiction, financial, emotional, and spiritual barriers that cause recidivism.
in 2017, 136 individuals were served through BCR
8 men in residence
in 2017, 8 men participated in the Isaiah House Program
Why reentry works
We begin by seeing each person as an individual, not as a statistic. As we learn each person’s story, we are able to look past the labels and stigma associated with their criminal history. Through dignity, we are able to disciple men and women throughout their reentry journey. Through committed volunteers, we are able to bridge the gaps at the point of need for each individual. Through gospel-centered community, we do more than just help the previously incarcerated get back on their feet – we are making followers of Jesus who live radically transformed lives.
Who is impacted?
- In our Isaiah House Residential Program, we facilitate up to four men in a 12-15 month program.
- The Bridge worship service brings together 75+ men and women each week.
- Our Reentry Hub serves 100+ men and women each year – regardless of their criminal history.
What is required?
Participation in the Brookside Community Reentry program is voluntary, but individuals who are committed to walking through their reentry journey in community and vulnerability are the most successful.