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.

Build Community

Our Mission

EMERGE Connecticut, Inc. is a self-sufficient social enterprise committed to assisting formerly incarcerated people successfully integrate back into their families and communities.

Bring Hope

Our Philosophy 

As a social enterprise, there are three characteristics that distinguish EMERGE from other types of businesses, nonprofits or government agencies.

  1. EMERGE operates with a "double bottom line" that places equal emphasis on services and revenue to sustain and expand services to returning citizens.

  2. EMERGE assists adults returning home from incarceration on building and applying marketable skills to earn an income.

  3. 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.


The EMERGE Model Programs


1. Extend transitional employment for six to nine months of immediate paid work once participants are home. 

2. Academic tutoring to review and improve critical reading and math skills applicable in the job market today.

3. Public benefits screening to stabilize the individual with food and shelter when they are released. 


4. Daily job readiness training in real workplace  situations, with daily written evaluations that document improvements and build confidence in newly learned skill sets. 

5. A trauma-informed approach to personal wellness that includes in-house and outside referrals to mental health services

6. Weekly facilitated "Real Talk" sessions that allow members to discuss personal issues in an open and honest environment to foster support and build a community.