Support CHANGE

Coming out of prison is hard. You can help.

Support The CHANGE Program to offer hope and a better life to a previously-incarcerated Black man.

3 Ways to Help:

Donate to CHANGE

Support members who are working to change their lives. Your donation funds life skills programming.

Sponsor an Individual

Sponsor an individual who is committed to successful reentry. Your $200 supports one person’s journey.

Partner with CHANGE

Get your company, church, or organization involved with making Change in Washington State.

Offer a better way out.

Give the confidence to choose a new path.

When an individual exits prison or jail, the obstacles they face feel insurmountable. In the face of overwhelming pressures, it’s hard to move on from a difficult past. This often leads to repeat offences, arrests and incarceration.

When you support The CHANGE Program, you help previously-incarcerated Black men develop a sense of power to choose a new path.

Open doors.

A real chance at a better life takes more than short-term housing and jobs.

Support The CHANGE Program and you help create:

SAFER COMMUNITIES

Nearly half of prisoners released are returned to prison within 5 years according to a 2018 Special Report from the U.S. Department of Justice. The CHANGE Program offers a different path, increasing public safety in Washington State.

FAIR & LIVABLE WAGES

Without guidance and ongoing support, the search for employment is likely to be a frustrating journey with dead-ends and short-lived jobs.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Stable housing with appropriate supports is a key factor in preventing homelessness and reducing recidivism. The CHANGE Program reduces barriers to affordable housing by advocating for our members and working with them on sustainable solutions.

EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT

Through partnerships with local schools, we open doors to educational opportunities including entrepreneurship training, technical certification, and employment mentoring. Our goal is to help create more satisfying and stable long-term careers.

FAITH-BASED SUPPORT

We recognize that participation in religious/worship activities can contribute positively toward a member’s well-being and transition into the community. We are connected to many churches in the WA area, and we will help our interested members connect to a church/religious center of their choice.

RECOVERY FOR MENTAL HEALTH & ADDICTIONS

Individuals in prison or jail are 3 to 5 times more likely to support serious psychological distress, mental illness, or substance abuse disorder.
The CHANGE Program connects members to referrals and supports that can help them overcome these challenges.

FAMILY REUNIFICATION

Restoration of broken relationships not only reduces the risk of recidivism, but also helps break generational cycles of incarceration. The CHANGE Program offers courses and retreats to help mend broken relationships.

ACCESS TO RESOURCES

There are resources for people coming out of prison, but they’re often hard to find and figuring out the system can be a barrier in itself. Our experienced navigators work with CHANGE members so they can access the resources they need to put a life together.

A Partner in CHANGE

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.

“We saw there were gaps in the system specifically for previously-incarcerated Black men. We designed The CHANGE Program to fill those gaps.”

  Leo Fedrick, Co-Founder of The CHANGE Program

Partner with CHANGE

Partner with Change

Help break the cycle of repeat offences.

Your support helps create a better path for previously-incarcerated Black men.