About The CHANGE Program

With the structure and support of The CHANGE Program, formerly-incarcerated black men can have a better chance at a strong future.

Everyone deserves a chance to live free from stereotypes and the mistakes of their past.

It can feel impossible.

After being incarcerated, most people face overwhelming challenges that can include homelessness, mental health and addictions, racial discrimination, low paying jobs, alienation from family and friends, peer pressures, lack of reliable transportation, and lack of medical insurance. It can feel like an insurmountable task to start over.

A path forward.

Our structured program works with each individual’s unique needs and goals. Members build their plan and work hard to make it happen.

We provide mentorship and coaching, counseling, resources, and long-term support to help get you through.

A part of something bigger.

Members who have worked through our program and succeeded are invited back as alumni, to show others how much is possible.

You matter to us.

The CHANGE Program was developed by Cynthia Fedrick, COO of Progress House Association (PHA), and her husband Leo Fedrick, Program Director.

Progress House Association is one of Washington’s largest nonprofit social impact organizations. Its mission is to disrupt the cycle of recidivism and poverty through individual empowerment and self-sufficiency. ​

In its nearly 50-year history, PHA has served over 16,000 previously incarcerated people. It has a longstanding partnership with the Department of Corrections (DOC), and works with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).

Due to their work with Progress House Association, The CHANGE Program’s founders are in regular contact with people leaving jail or prison. They truly are in the best position to reach people ready for CHANGE.