The EMERGE Model
The EMERGE model aims to break the cycle of recidivism, build community, and bring hope through using transitional employment to engage participants in a structured model of wrap-around services.
There are existing discriminatory criminal justice practices where seemingly race-blind laws have hurt minorities, especially Black people. Due in part to the difficulty of overcoming these barriers, high recidivism rates are a deep-rooted problem all across America.
Break the Cycle
people in the state of Connecticut are incarcerated in some form.
of formerly incarcerated people are re-arrested within five years of their release.
of incarcerated people nationwide are BIPOC, even though they only comprise 28% of the general population.
EMERGE Connecticut, Inc. is a self-sufficient social enterprise committed to assisting formerly incarcerated people successfully integrate back into their families and communities.
As a social enterprise, there are three characteristics that distinguish EMERGE from other types of businesses, nonprofits or government agencies.
EMERGE operates with a "double bottom line" that places equal emphasis on services and revenue to sustain and expand services to returning citizens.
EMERGE assists adults returning home from incarceration on building and applying marketable skills to earn an income.
EMERGE's commercial activity is both a distinctive feature and strong revenue driver that accounts for high levels of earned income in our operating budget (58%) that makes us unique among nonprofits.