“I have to say that I think a lot of dads come home, and once they have that relationship established, once they have their place established in their child’s life…  …they don’t want to go back to prison. I mean, they work really hard to find a job and stay out of prison and stay straight.”

Caroll Fennelly, Director of the Hope House

“And that’s the thing that I think a lot of people miss with reentry is that people are coming back into an ever changing world. So what the city and the world was like when they went to prison is not what it is when they come back….”

Ralph Williams, Founder of the Nehemiah Project DC

“You might have not have to solve my problems right now, but then I got a clean place to sleep, and eat as much as I want to eat, and all those kinds of things. That is a new for them.”

Kevin Petty, Executive Director of Amazing Gospel Souls

Born in the prison environment as a musical ministry, Amazing Gospel Souls Inc. is now a community organization targeted to provide services to Returning Citizens and all other poor and under-served DC citizens.

Founded in 2019, The Nehemiah Project is a 501(c)3 organized exclusively as a charitable and educational organization to help men and women transition to society following a jail or prison sentence. Our goal is to provide returning citizens and their loved ones with resources to promote successful reentry and reintegration into the community.

Hope House DC offers programs to prisoners and their families aimed at decreasing recidivism and keeping incarcerated men connected to the community. Not surprisingly, studies have shown that prisoners who remain in contact with their families while incarcerated have a lower recidivism rate.