TCRC is dedicated to restorative approaches in battling the effects of mass incarceration upon individuals, families and the community.
TCRC embraces a culture of hard work, family responsibility, community involvement, ethical behavior, and social consciousness. TCRC is not for everyone. It is for those who are dedicated to the concept of transformation, those who want to support their families, embrace their communities, successfully transition and never return to prison again.
- mentor & provide counseling for the children of incarcerated parents
- administer an after-school drop in program to assist parents in providing educational opportunities and social advancement to their At-risk children
- provide social & educational opportunities for At-risk youth in the community
- assist citizens returning from prison, both male and female, & those who have been home for various times periods but are still suffering from mass incarceration and its effect on their transition to freedom.
TCRC was founded by a returning citizen, is staffed by returning citizens and others sensitive to the needs and requirements of this specific population.
TCRC has workshops, individual and group counseling sessions that are reality based and structured to help people see life clearly and respond to all obstacles in a rational constructive manner. TCRC operates transitional housing programs to allow individuals who are in halfway houses to develop a home plan, get approved and move forward.
Children of Incarcerated Parents
TCRC gives children of incarcerated the support, guidance, and problem-solving skills needed to cope with the challenges of life. TCRC KIDZ – Drop In Center mentors and counsels children to help them succeed in school and stay safe.
TCRC is planning to expand it’s Kidz Drop In Center into the basement of the Historic 2nd Baptist Church of Nicetown, 3837 Germantown Ave and upgrade the kitchen area in order to provide nutritious meals for children. This will enable TCRC to qualify for a food bank for the neighborhood and open a soup kitchen.
The children are also helped by TCRC’s programs for their parents, and TCRC workshops which teach that black people must take responsibility for their own lives. These workshops teach parenting, family & community responsibility, ethics, time management, critical thinking and other useful skills. Through counseling, the workshop series and hard work, program participants are able to find jobs, access affordable housing and services so that they can provide for their children, raise them properly and contribute toward building a better community.
TCRC is partnered with Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, as described in Goodwill’s fiduciary commitment document.