Winnebago County Alternative Programs
May 2008 Narrative Reports
Please be advised that the monthly narratives have been re-typed to conserve on paper,
they are presented exactly as received from the programs with no corrections, additions
Abuse Intervention Services – Family Counseling Services of Northern Illinois
Prepared by: Susan Razbadouski
There were a total of 54 referrals made by probation, 37 men and 17 women. A total of
32 inmates were assessed, 27 men and 5 women in May; all but 1 male were eligible for
services. Sixty-six individuals were involved in our two men's and one women's anger
management groups in May, 56 men and 10 women. There were 4 cross referrals made
for men and 1 made for a woman during April for a total of 5 cross referrals, with all of
the men's referrals going to Rosecrance and GED and the single referral made for a
women was to Rosecrance.
During the month we had a total of 18 successful discharges, 10 male and 8 females.
Two women were unsuccessfully discharged. Neutral discharges included 10 men and
14 women, for a total of 24.
On the flip side of the statistical data, there is one success story that AIS would like to
mention. After sitting through series of classes, a particular individual would disagree
with particular material that pertained to abuse, just to maintain his negative attitude
pertaining to women. After enduring his harsh feed back and his reluctance to accept
positive feed back from his group members, this individual would put his head down
during group. After observing this for a while, the therapist concluded that this particular
individual was attending class just to occupy space. However, it was not until the
therapist went back to the office and was correcting Anger Journals, that the therapist
stumbled across the unexpected. This particular group member had written a journal
about an incident that occurred on the POD, and how he handled the situation. To the
therapist’s surprise, he utilized an anger tool, called “Realistic Self Talk”, to manage his
anger. It is safe to say that even though heads are down, and arguments are flowing, some
of these guys are truly taking advantage of the opportunity to change.
HATTCC – Booker Washington
Prepared by Harold Kent
During the month of May we had 7 students testing. HATTCC also had 5 students
receive awards during Booker Washington Graduation& Award ceremony. We had 1
student enroll in Highland Community College trying to attain a certificate for her CNA
license. She has only has her Math (Scheduled for July) test to complete and she will
have her GED. We also have a student that has entered Cosmetology School she is two
test away from her GED Science and Math both (scheduled for July). Both of these
young ladies received awards for completion of the program.
All Male Program
Prepared by Wayne Augenson
We began the month with our maximum of 40 active guests, and we
received 19 referrals from probation. Six men were assessed and found to
be appropriate for services. Of the six, five immediately went into our
housing, and the sixth man, who is married and thus is not eligible for our
housing, will apply to Rockford Housing after he obtains his state ID. At
month end we had one house opening which will be filled the first week of
We unsuccessfully discharged six men, five for lack of contact with CP
and one for suspected dealing. Two men were neutrally discharged. One
man went from jail to DOC and the other man tragically died of a drug
overdose. His death reminds us all that when the disease wins the
consequence is death.
The disease did not win in the lives of five of our men who were
successfully discharged. They remained drug free, and crime free,
obtained housing, and jobs, and in many areas overcame tremendous odds.
All five men had felonies but were able to find employment through
dogged persistence. In addition to these five, four men were able to find
work this month.
La Voz Latina HYD Alternative Program
Prepared by: Patricia Gomez
The HYD (after-school prevention) program continued serving the twelve (15) youth
who were recruited into the program between November of 2007 and April of 2008.
This program meets four days per week for homework help and enrichment activities.
The staff monitors student progress through grade and attendance reports, teacher
surveys, parent surveys and student self-evaluations. Every quarter Staff combines the
grade reports with the teacher survey results and sends a letter to the parents telling them
in which subjects their students have improved, stayed the same, or declined. Staff
contacts the parents monthly to ask for feedback about their student’s progress. Staff also
takes this opportunity to update the parents about field trips, workshops, or other
activities at the Center that may interest them.
Upon reviewing the parent feedback and teacher feedback, there is a noticeable
difference in perception. The parents are consistently happy with the program (95%) and
note that they see improvements in their son or daughter. They often comment on
improved behavior and attitude. This is true even if the students’ grades are not
improving. Even if students’ grades have declined that quarter, the parents perceive the
program as very valuable for their child. The teachers, given a survey to rate students’
improvement as a result of attendance in the program, usually mark “no change” although
some will mark “slight improvement” or “moderate improvement”. Even if the grades
have improved, teachers will mark “no change” and notate that the student has always
been a good student. Several teachers have marked “No change” and have added notes,
such as “Be sure that the student reads for half an hour per day” or “The program is
helping the student stay on track.” Students who are improving answer the self-
evaluation differently from students who are failing. Most frequently, students who are
failing answer “almost never” to the statements “My friends are motivated to do better”
and “My best friends have good grades” and “I like my school”. Students who are doing
well always perceive that their friends value education and are improving.
Final grade reports will come out in June, and the students who have shown the best
progress in grades and attendance will be treated to a day at Magic Waters. Staff has
already begun recruiting students for the summer program. The theme of the summer
program will be career exploration. There will also be an emphasis on organized outdoor
activities, physical fitness and nutrition. Latino youth have the highest incidences of
obesity, childhood diabetes, depression and drug use, most of which can be reversed in
the future with consistent efforts to implement healthy lifestyles.
The report on the Community-Family Based Services is on the next page.
La Voz Latina CFBS Program
Prepared by: Patricia Gomez
The Community/Family-Based Services for Youth Offender Program (CFBS) is a pilot
program serving first-time offender Latino youth and their familes. To date, we have
recruited eight bilingual mentors. We developed an orientation handbook for mentors
and contract for volunteers, and an intake/assessment form with release of information
for students and families.
In April we received three referrals of first time offenders, but in May we did not receive
any. The program’s goal is to accept 3-5 referrals per month. When we receive a
referral, we contact the families by phone and they come in for an assessment. We
interview both the youth and the parents, and do a Needs Assessment of the household.
The three students who were referred in April were enrolled in the program. We have
found that referrals might be students who have special needs. If medication is being
taken, it may not be sufficient to change behaviors that impact attendance and academic
success. A student in this situation especially needs to be paired with a mentor for
individual attention, but also needs much more individual academic help. Our agency is
working on identifying more resources for Spanish-speaking youth with mental health
needs. This is a significant unmet need.
In working with the referrals, we have found that the parents have needs and concerns
that agency staff can help to resolve, through existing programs or case-managed
referrals. Our agency currently can offer the services of a pro bono attorney one half day
per week, and a semi-retired attorney who will help with certain cases. Another bilingual
attorney has shown interest in donating one half day a week for our clients.
The agency is taking steps to identify these resources and build its capacity in order to be
prepared to expand the CFBS program to accept youth who are on probation. The agency
took another step in May to build capacity by sending three bilingual counselors to take
domestic violence training, as a first step to becoming certified for this counseling. The
goal of the CFBS pilot program is to put all the elements in place to offer a bilingual,
culturally competent program for Youth referred from the Probation Department. Even if
the youth speak English, the parents usually speak Spanish and may have diverse
perceptions, beliefs and needs.
THE LITERACY COUNCIL
Prepared by Renée Stuehler
The Literacy Council received 35 referrals (25 males and 10 females) during the month
of May 2008. Of these, 18 inmates (13 males and 5 females) were evaluated with all 18
(13 males and 5 females) being accepted into classes. Of the 35 new referrals, 5 inmates
(3 males and 2 females) refused to attend class regularly with the result being
unsuccessful discharges of those inmates. In all, 31 inmates (24 males and 7 females)
attended class this month.
Of those on the current class call list, 17 inmates (12 males and 5 females) could not be
evaluated due to time constraints, sensitive medical needs of the individuals involved,
detainee behavioral issues or a court ordered class.
28 inmates (22 males and 6 females) left our program for neutral reasons, either being
sent to prison or being released from jail.
Attendance this month was consistent and there continues to be a wait list of 22 inmates
(20 males and 2 females) to attend Literacy Class. These individuals on the wait list will
be evaluated by referral date order. Additionally the recent decision made by the
Winnebago County Jail Administration does allow the Class X Felons inmates to attend
Literacy; however they will be placed on the bottom of the class wait list.
Academic progress is measurable despite the short enrollment period for most inmates.
For example, in both the men’s and women’s jail class, the new inmates and the
instructor together set personal goals to obtain a clearer understanding of the academic
progress expected, especially in mathematics and reading. At the end of the three-week
period, all inmates who made a commitment to attending the class, to learning and to
achieving their goals are usually future candidates for the RVC GED Program.
Individual progress is expected to be continual for both men and women. In both the men
and women’s class the students are finishing up their fractions unit in mathematics and
start percents next week.
There was 1 successful discharge (1 male) to report this month. The Literacy Council
rarely makes successful discharges because inmates are either released or sent to prison
before completing their work on basic reading, writing and math skills. However, next
month after we take our scheduled post test that evaluates individual inmate progress, I
expect 4 bright inmates will be referred to the Rock Valley College GED Program.
There was 1 cross referral (1 male) made to the RVC GED program. 7 cross referrals (7
males) were received this month. There were 3 out-of-custody referrals (3 females) to
the Literacy Council to report this month. Of the 3 females referred all showed up, two
are paired with a tutor and one is currently attending a math class to prepare for her GED
The Literacy Council Juvenile Programs
Tutor Labs at Patriots Gateway and DRC
Prepared by Renée Stuehler
The Literacy Council Juvenile Tutor Program received 7 new referrals (7 males) during
the month of May. Of the 7 new referrals (5 males) have been evaluated and are
acceptable for programming. In total 21 juveniles (21 males) attended the Literacy
Council’s Tutor Programs in the month of May. There were 4 juveniles (2 males and 2
females) unsuccessfully discharged from the tutor program this month.
The new partnership between Patriot’s Gateway and The Literacy Council is unwavering
and juvenile attendance is consistent and expected to improve. At Patriot’s this month I
had two juveniles bring friends that needed a little extra math help for their end of the
school year mathematics final. Those are not counted in the total of referrals received
because their attendance is not expected to last. The DRC Tutoring is going well, but the
students work continues to have a large skill level range. By that I mean the students
academic levels range from Pre-K learning to count to Trigonometry.
The Literacy Council did not have any successful discharges to report this month.
Additionally, there were no cross referrals made nor received in May. There were no out-
of- custody referrals to The Literacy Council.
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Prepared By: Ruth Fairchild
There were 27 referrals from probation for the month of May, 2008; l4 females and l3
males. All inmates that attended class were appropriate and were happy to have the
opportunity to connect with their children. They were assessed, evaluated and able to
read the books they had selected.
Actively involved females were 21; there were 22 men who participated in the classes.
Some of the inmates have a visit during the time we have them in class. It is helpful that
they tell us so we can schedule them to read first. Then they have an opportunity to stay
in class and write wonderful messages in the books to encourage their children. There
were 6 men and 7 women who were successfully discharged.
The books that were delivered had such a great impact on the families because they were
a birthday gift.
This month, Prison and Family Ministry connected 43 children to their incarcerated loved
Patriots Gateway Community Center Report
Prepared by Tom Hoover
The ‘Dukes, Dialogue, & Discipline program concluded its first graduation
ceremony and celebration at the Patriots’ Gateway Center on May 8, 2008.
Mr. Perry Weatherford from, Winnebago County Probation, attended the
graduation ceremony and was the guest speaker for the graduates.
The graduation ceremony/celebration concluded with a ‘pizza’ party
with all the trimmings.
Thirty-six (36) certificates of graduation were presented to the ‘Dukes,
Dialogue, & Discipline’ participants completing a minimum of twenty-five
(25) weeks attendance in Life Skills training.
This month there were 19 boxers that competed at the Illinois State Junior
Olympics competition in Chicago. Many family members traveled with the
boxers and assisted Coach Jimmy Goodman. The team brought home to
Rockford a total of 14 titles. We traveled to Moline with 4 boxers. Their
matches resulted in 1 win and 3 losses.
As this session concludes we are already preparing to enter our next phase
for the summer ‘Dukes, Dialogue, & Discipline’ programs starting in
June, titled Reaching for Success. (See Patriots’ Gateway New Initiative.)
Additional Intervention Initiatives
Prepared by Tom Hoover
As part of the Dukes, Dialogue and Discipline program Patriots’ Gateway
Center is focused on serving 200 youth on probation. Patriots’ is targeting
youth to reduce delinquent behaviors by developing Life Skills with a focus
on gang intervention, development of a healthy body through physical
training relating to boxing. The program is designed to increase self-esteem
and a sense of individual identity through a disciplined sport and a
disciplined life style. In total, the program provides for 600 ‘at risk’ youth,
evening recreation, sports, mentoring, and socialization skill building at
Patriots’ Gateway’s safe environment.
A total of 449* juvenile participants are actively enrolled in the Dukes,
Dialogue, & Discipline program during this session. The activities that the
youth continue to participate in include those areas that will build their Life
Skills, i.e., honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence,
perseverance, courtesy, and judgment, the core values that are the foundation
for Patriots’ Gateway Center.
*Of the 449 juvenile participants Patriots’ is tracking 322 of the youth for
educational programs and truancy. (Numbers and percentages will be
included with the June report.)
(It should be noted that Patriots’, through the Hunger Connection, served on
the average of 4,214 snacks and hot meals for the month of May. This
includes the 449 juvenile participants actively enrolled the in the Dukes
During the summer months Patriots’ Gateway Center continues to promote
early intervention for our community youth. The Reaching for Success is a
pilot program for probation-referred youth. The program, has been
developed by Patriots’ Gateway Center, and is co-hosted by Safety Net
Works of Rockford, First Tee of Greater Rockford, Rockford Police, Boy
Scouts of America, Learning for Living and Dukes, Dialogue and Discipline.
The Reaching for Success program will receive referrals from the Literacy
Council, Safety Network, and Juvenile Probation. Starting June 23rd, and
lasting for eight weeks, the program will mentor 15 ‘at risk’ youth, ages 14
to 17 years, in a variety of life skill building facets. The youth will be
provided a generic uniform from the BSA, and work shirts from Patriots’
Gateway Center as part of their daily attire. The program itself will consist
of building skills for entering the work force, to a ‘hands on’ community
projects such as building a walk-way at the historic depot located at 7th
Street and 6th Avenue (Patriots’ Depot Annex) and helping to maintain the
Union Pacific right-of-way from the Depot Annex to the Gateway Center.
Individuals of the aforementioned Patriots’ Gateway Center’s sponsored
programs will mentor the youth selected.
The Reaching for Success program will start at 11:30 A.M., Monday
through Friday beginning with a lunch provided by Patriots’ Gateway
Center. The program will conclude at 5:00 P.M. each day. The youth
selected will be paid wages for successful completion of course initiatives.
In short, the youth will be subjected to Life Skills, Core Values, Synergy,
quasi-military orientation to leadership development, and a ‘hands on’ work
project to be completed during the eight-week program. Business leaders
from the community will be invited to speak to the youth about their
businesses and building skills to prepare them for the work force the youth
will eventually enter.
A regimented mentoring process will guide the youth through Safety Net
Works, the BSA, Learning for Life and the D, D & D outreach. During the
eight weeks the youth will also attend a one-week Police Academy hosted
by the Rockford Police Department at Patriots’ Gateway Center. There will
also be pre and posting for all the youth participating.
This is a pilot program and has been created under the umbrella of the
Dukes, Dialogue and Discipline program and is the first of its kind in the
Winnebago/Rockford area. We are confident this program will achieve its
goals, and will be permanently incorporated as one of many programs at
Patriots’ Gateway Center.
Partner Abuse Intervention Program report
Prepared by Heather Heritage
As of the end of May, there were 9 referrals made to the program. All three groups are
currently at around 10 group members. This still gives us room to expand further so we
are regularly starting new group members. There were 8 referrals that were evaluated and
accepted into the program. We are just starting to get group members that are half way
done with the 26-week program and we will be starting mid-way assessments. We did
discharge 8 group members due to excessive absences or exhibiting power and control
type dynamics during group time and being uncooperative. Three cross-referrals were
made via Perry Weatherford or probation officers.
PHASE/ Substance Abuse Services
Prepared by Laurie Hadler
Referrals were steady again in May as they were for the past few months, with generally about 4-
5 times as many males being referred as females. This held true again in May. We continue to
have many more unsuccessful discharges than successful discharges, primarily due to lack of
attendance. It is hoped that, with continued efforts by staff to re-engage non-compliant clients, the
numbers of successful vs. unsuccessful clients will be exchanged to some degree.
In May there was one significant success story in PHASE’s RIC programming. One particular
client was discharged who had been assessed and admitted to services earlier this Spring who
was a cause for concern amongst the staff. This client had clearly been less than honest during
his assessment and, when the assessment counselor still recommended treatment, the client was
clearly upset by that recommendation. There was every indication that the client was not going to
follow through with the recommended treatment. Upon arrival at his first group session, he stated
that he did not want to be there and was only doing it to avoid more court and/or jail. Within a few
group sessions, however, the client started to open up in the group sessions and started to share
about his substance use history, especially details that he had clearly left out during his
assessment appointment. From that point on, the client became an active member of the group
and participated regularly and very actively in all of the group sessions. He did extremely well
during the group sessions and the group process and completed the Program successfully. This
client appeared to be a true success story.
Prepared by: Jim Noe
During May 2008, Rosecrance received 95 referrals (58 male and 37 female) for services
in the Jail by the Probation Department. Of the 95 referrals received from probation, 13
(5 male and 8 females), were assessed for treatment. For the month there were 14 (8 male
and 6 female) patients who were admitted to treatment.
For the month, there were a total of 36 (20 male and 16 female) inmates attending
Rosecrance groups in the jail. Of those who participated in Rosecrance programs this
• 3 patients (3 male and 0 female) received a successful discharge, and are
no longer involved in any Rosecrance programs.
• 2 patients (1 male and 1 female) received an unsuccessful discharge.
The 2 unsuccessful discharges were a result of the inmate’s refusal to
attend and participate in the groups.
• 2 patients (0 males and 2 female) received a neutral discharge.
A neutral discharge occurs when the patient is no longer able to attend due
to reasons beyond their control. One neutral discharge this month was a
result of the inmates transfer to the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The other was due the inmates restrictions in the jail due to behavioral
• 8 patients (4 male and 4 female) were released from jail and transferred to
community based outpatient programming in order to continue their treatment
• Of the 8 patients that were transferred to community based treatment with
Rosecrance 6 patients (4 male and 2 female) followed through and continued their
treatment in the community.
Rosecrance received 2 (2 male and 0 female) cross referral’s from AIS in May.
Rosecrance made 1 (0 males and 1 females) referrals to RUI this month.
Within the first 7 months of funding Rosecrance received 569 referrals for treatment from
the probation department. We assessed 82 inmates and admitted 101 new patients to the
jail based groups. Of those who were assessed while in jail 58 were transferred to
community based treatment with Rosecrance upon their release.
Rockford Rescue Mission:
Prepared by: Patrick J. Clinton
The Mission is thankful to the county for funding one of our Men’s Life Recovery
counselors. Our program is a long-term, residential, educational, recovery program
that is free to the participants. All men must successfully complete our New Day/
Stage 1 pre-program in order to enter Stage 2 where our county-funded counselor serves.
We also offer an Aftercare Coach for 12 months to those who have successfully
completed the program, which is completing Stage 3.
During May one man was referred from New Day/Stage 1 (minimum 45 days) into
Stage 2 (3 months) of the life recovery program. He was not assessed and accepted in
May, but was June 2nd. Two men referred in April were accepted in May and
completed their first month.
Of the 4 men counseled by our county-funded staff member:
One man completed four months of Stage 3.
One man completed two months of Stage 3.
Two men completed one month of Stage 2.
Since November 1, 2007, our county-funded counselor has assisted 12 men. Four
remain under his direction, five have completed the program and were successfully
discharged, two were neutrally discharged, and one was unsuccessfully discharged.
That’s a 92% retention/completion rate.
In addition, nine other men with MIDS been referred by probation, with nine
accepted into the program have been counseled by other staff members. One was
neutrally discharged. Of the other eight: four remain in the program; one just
completed Stage 3, successfully discharged and is now in our transitional housing; and
three were unsuccessfully discharged. That is a 63% retention-completion rate.
Therefore to date: 21 men have been accepted into the Stage 2 of the life recovery
program. Three were neutrally discharged. Of the other 18: 9 are currently
participating, 6 have been successfully discharged, and 3 unsuccessfully discharged.
That is an 83% retention-completion rate.
By God’s grace, the humble-hard-painful work of the men, the diligence of our staff, and
the excellence of our materials and processes, we are so thankful to be a part of seeing
lives change for the good of everyone. Thanks for helping the miracles happen.
Reformers Unanimous International
Prepared by: Sean Booth
In the month of May, Reformers Unanimous received 5 referrals for service via the
probation department. 1 new client was admitted during this month. We also had one
male student who had choose to leave in the month of Oct.’07 and returned in May of ’08
and is now currently enrolled.
We had 0 unsuccessful discharges and 0 successful discharges. We had one student
choose to leave programming.
Active residential clients
We began the month of May with 7 male clients and 0 female clients actively
participating in our program.
The total clients involved for the month of May is 7. There were 5 assessments done for
May. We had one student choose to leave our program in May. We are continuing to
conduct satellite classes on Tuesday, Friday, and twice on Saturday at the jail.
We are tracking student’s court appearances and advocating for their release to our
program as well as having them participate in our Satellite Program classes at the
Winnebago Jail three times a week.
On June 29th one of our male students will be graduating from our program. It has been
exciting to see the change in this young man’s life and look forward to see him continue
to develop as he progresses to this next stage.
Rock Valley College HEARRR Alternative Program
Prepared by: Diana Barthelman
In May 2008 Rock Valley College received a total of 51 referrals for 10 female and 38 male
adults in Winnebago County to participate in educational services offered through the HEARRR
Alternative Program. (Please note that two males and one female were referred to/enrolled in
both GED and Job Readiness classes.)
Such referrals were made to the program through the Probation Department, as follows:
- 29 referrals for GED classes
- 0 for ESL services
- 23 for Job Readiness
No (0) cross referrals from other Alternative Program agencies were received. Thirty-nine (39)
assessments were completed during the month. Of those assessed, nine (9) were evaluated for
the Manufacturing Skills class, with all students meeting the 8th grade reading requirement and
being referred to the first Manufacturing Skills class that will be conducted in June.
There were no (0) successful discharges, no (0) unsuccessful discharges (refused to come to
class) and no (0) neutral discharges (students who were referred to Literacy or other programs,
released from jail or sent to DOC).
Rock Valley College provided services to 93 individuals at the Resource Intervention Center in
May, 3 of whom participated in both Job Readiness and in ABE/GED classes. One Job
Readiness class was offered to a total of 16 students, 1 ESL class was offered to 3 students, and 3
ABE/GED classes were offered to a total of 77 students. Also involved in ABE/GED
programming were one out-of-district participant and two participants without MID numbers.
Five (5) students took GED exams in May. One (1) student completed the GED in May.
Staff from Rock Valley College and the Resource Intervention Center met to discuss the need for
another ABE class and ways to improve and maximize funds to best serve students. As a result,
another ABE class was added in May. A meeting with Rockford College will be conducted
during June to discuss the need for more tutors and the possibility of setting up a learning lab
during the week so that students can “drop in” for additional assistance from tutors.
Rock Valley College GED Alternatives Program
Prepared by: Steve Fransen
In May 2008 Rock Valley College received 35 referrals for services via the Probation
Department. One(1) cross referral from other Alternative Program agencies were
received. Seventeen (17) assessments were completed during the month.
There were fourteen (4) successful discharges, two (2) unsuccessful discharges (refused
to come to class or removed from class) and twenty two (22) neutral discharges (students
who were referred to Literacy or other programs, released from jail or sent to DOC).
Rock Valley College provided services to 46 individuals in the Winnebago County Jail
(40 males and 6 females) in May. Twenty six (26) students took GED exams in May.
Four (4) students completed their GED in May. One student who was released attended
the 24th annual GED graduation ceremony held on May 22, 2008 in the Bengt-Sjostrom
Theatre at Rock Valley College. This student indicated that he was in the process of
continuing his education by taking college classes at Rock Valley College. Thirty-six Jail
Alternative graduates were also acknowledged at the ceremony for completing their GED
during the past year.
The Salvation Army
Women’s Restorative Justice Program
Prepared by: Candice Cullor
• The Salvation Army Women’s Restorative Justice Program received 7 referrals
from the Winnebago County Department of Court Services in the month of May
2008. 2 individuals who had applied for services in the past reapplied
• 6 prospective residents received assessment and referral services from Salvation
Army staff this month. 3 prospective residents were found acceptable for
• 18 individuals were considered actively engaged this month (18 current
• A total of 18 adult individuals and 14 children were involved in on-site
programming and housing during the month. There were no discharges this
• In the month of May, 15 of the 18 (83%) current residents were financially self
sufficient (9 employed and 6 receive SSI or other benefits). 13 of the 18 (72%)
current residents are enrolled or have recently completed additional educational
opportunities in the last 30 days (GED classes, employment training, parenting
courses, addiction recovery education, etc). All of the residents (100%) are
actively involved in local community recovery meetings or a local church. None
of the residents have obtained new criminal charges this month. 2 of the current
residents are scheduled to graduate the program this spring and are making
arrangements to move into permanent independent housing.
• A special congratulations to one of our residents who recently obtained her
Associate’s degree in Human Services from Rock Valley College!
• On May 13th, the building was dedicated as “Shirley’s Place” in honor of
Chaplain Shirley Bartholomew, founder of the program. A dedication and ribbon
cutting ceremony took place on-site followed by an open house.
• The Women’s Restorative Justice Program was featured on the 10pm news on
Channel 13 on Thursday, May 29th, 2008. Two of the residents’ testimonies were
included in the footage. Thanks to Dani Maxwell and her crew for their time and
Prepared by: Steve Marcon
During the month of May 2008, YouthBuild received one (1) self-referral via the probation
department for an adult male.
A total of twenty-three (23) self-referrals were active in the YouthBuild program during the month of
May 2008. Of the twenty-three (23), eleven (11) were adult males, ten (11) were adult females,
and one (1) was a juvenile female.
Four (4) of the twenty-three (23) have done so well in the program that they are currently working
and continue to receive support from our counseling/case-management department. One (1) of
the four (4) has been taking classes at Rockford Business College. The remaining nineteen (19)
are working with our Employment Coordinator to identify employment and/or college placements.
To date, the twenty-eight (28) originally enrolled under the grant have provided a combined total of
(8,014.5) hours of community service to the Rockford community.
Standard Update Below
To date, YouthBuild has received a total of fifty-seven (57) self-referrals via the probation
department. Forty-six (46) of the fifty-seven (57) were new referrals received as of November 1,
2007. Eleven (11) of the fifty-seven (57) were received from the previous 22 month grant period
ending September 30, 2007.
Twenty-eight (28) of the fifty-seven (57) were enrolled in the 2007/2008 program cycle under the
new grant. Of the twenty-eight (28), twelve (12) were adult males, one (1) was a juvenile male,
thirteen (13) were adult females, and two (2) were juvenile females. Five (5) of the twenty-eight
(28), one (1) adult male, one (1) juvenile male, two (2) adult females, and one (1) juvenile female,
have been unsuccessfully discharged leaving twenty-three (23) active referrals. The two adult
females unsuccessfully discharged in the May stats should have been listed in the April stats report
as unsuccessfully discharged. They received services for the month of March and were
discharged on 03/28/2008.
For the month of May, four (4) adult males were on furlough. A furlough keeps a student enrolled
in the program, but it gives him/her an opportunity to work out issues that are keeping them from
being successful in the program.
Youth Services Network
Prepared by: Sue Rader
The UDIS Program for Girls has been very active this month with lots of activities, end
of the school year studying and
making plans for the summer. There are 8 current clients and 3 on a waiting list. The
expected start time for those girls is the middle of August.
Group meets once a week for counseling and we have had speakers come in to discuss
the effects of domestic violence, and
family dynamics. The girls discuss these topics and it’s very interesting to get their
perspective on these topics. We work
hard at providing opportunities to look at things in a different way. One of the areas we
work on is changing the criminal thinking that this population operates with. We do
critical thinking skills, how actions effect others, how others actions effect them and their
We meet weekly with each child and their family, meet them at school and work closely
with their counselor and teachers checking grades and attendance. The Counselor
provides individual and family therapy to assist in working through issues.
We continue to provide the girls with recreational opportunities weekly and they really
enjoy it. The work out on the machines and tried climbing the rock wall. Even though
they were nervous they were all able to complete this and were very proud of themselves.