IDOC seeks mentors for offenders in the Lewiston area

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The Idaho Department of Correction is recruiting volunteers from community-based and faith-based organizations in the Lewiston area to mentor offenders and help them become law-abiding citizens. 

The mentorship program is called Free2Succeed. It matches volunteers with offenders while they’re still in prison. 

From the day the offender walks out the prison gate, their mentor is there to help them take on challenges that might otherwise prompt the offender to return to a life of crime – challenges like finding a place to live, getting a job or just getting a driver’s license. 

“We have more than 1,100 volunteers serving in our correctional facilities, but we don’t have those same connections in our Probation and Parole side of the house,” says IDOC Director Kevin H. Kempf. “Even back when I was probation and parole officer we didn’t truly understand how much these volunteers and community organizations could help.

IDOC will hold a community partnership meeting later this month in Lewiston to meet with people who are interested in serving as mentors. 

The meeting will held on Wednesday, May 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army Chapel at 1220 21st St. in Lewiston.

IDOC invites former probationers and parolees, with track records of clean, successful living, to apply for the program. Kempf says the department needs to take advantage of the former offenders’ experience and wisdom.

To learn more about the Free2Succeed program, visit the Volunteer & Mentor Services section of IDOC’s website at idoc.idaho.gov.

Story published: 05/09/2016
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