INSIDE OUT REENTRY INC

One community seeking change from the Inside Out

aka INSIDE OUT REENTRY COMMUNITY   |   Iowa City, IA   |  www.insideoutreentry.com

Mission

The mission of Inside Out Reentry Community (IO) is to support people involved in the criminal legal system in changing from the inside out, and to educate the public, in order to promote healing, restore relationships and achieve success in the community.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Michelle Heinz

Main address

500 N Clinton St

Iowa City, IA 52245 USA

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EIN

47-5350218

NTEE code info

Services to Prisoners/Families (I43)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Currently, there are over 2.2 million people incarcerated in the United States. In Iowa, there are over 7,400 people in state correctional facilities, and more than 4,000 in county jails. African-Americans, low income individuals, and those living with mental illness are disproportionately incarcerated by the criminal justice system. Returning to and becoming an active member of society after incarceration is tough. These returning citizens are in great need of community support to rebuild their lives and avoid reoffending, and yet public attitudes toward formerly incarcerated people continue to limit their opportunities. IO’s mission is to support people involved in the criminal legal system in changing from the inside out, and to educate the public, in order to promote healing, restore relationships and achieve success in the community.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Housing Assistance

The mission of Inside Out Reentry Community (IO) is to support people involved in the criminal legal system in changing from the inside out, and to educate the public, in order to promote healing, restore relationships and achieve success in the community.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Inside Out’s vision is that people involved in the criminal legal system will achieve the greatest possible success with the support of their communities. We aim to provide a safe, and non judgemental community for our members to belong to and gain support. Inside Out has three main goals as defined in our strategic plan. The goals are that our core members will find and successfully maintain employment that is financially viable and brings satisfaction and meaning for the long-term, have safe stable, accessible and dignified housing, and will engage in ongoing personal growth activities to reach their potential.

Inside Out Reentry Community fulfills its mission through providing comprehensive case management which includes individualized reentry planning. Inside Out provides assistance with securing employment and housing, providing referrals and supports for substance use and mental health, offers a drop in resource center where members can come and get support, weekly community meetings, life skills classes, tutoring and opportunities to serve the community. Inside Out also pairs interested members with mentors in the community for additional support. Inside Out provides outreach and reentry planning to individuals who are currently incarcerated or under work-release supervision through letter and email correspondence. Lastly, criminal justice reform and education for the wider community on the struggles and challenges of returning citizens is an important part of our work. In the past five years IO has hosted a variety of events including a community justice reform series, a community reentry forum, a two day reentry summit, three film screenings, and five reentry/parole simulations.

Inside Out Reentry Community has a full-time executive director, who is a licensed social worker, and a full-time case worker, who is a formerly incarcerated individual, who both work closely with returning citizens. Our case worker previously worked as a peer recovery coach at the Abbe Center and is a volunteer life coach at the Dream Center. With a network of dedicated volunteers and supportive community partners, Inside Out has found success in helping formerly incarcerated individuals find stable housing and employment as well as helping them with their personal growth goals.

IO has seen many successes since its founding in 2014, most significantly building a supportive community for returning citizens that did not exist prior to the organization's efforts. IO is one of only a few reentry organizations across the state that does this work and is recognized as a state leader. IO currently supports over 130 individuals each year, runs weekly support groups, and has established community partnerships.

Criminal justice reform and education for the wider community on the struggles and challenges of returning citizens have been key components of Inside Out’s work since its inception. Since 2015, IO has hosted multiple community reentry forums, a 2 day reentry summit, and 5 parole/reentry simulations reaching hundreds of attendees. IO will continue to meet the challenges of serving returning citizens and educating the public while addressing the safety of the community due to the impact of Covid-19.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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INSIDE OUT REENTRY INC

Board of directors
as of 2/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Whiston

Retired Clinical Professor of Law, University of Iowa

Heather Erwin

UI LABB

Jeremy Flaming

Hoefer Law Firm

Richard Grugin

Retired Offender Workforce Development Specialist

Jason Knox

Returning Citizen

Dale Helling

Retired Assistant City of Iowa City Manager

Melvin Shaw

Law Office of Melvin O. Shaw PLC

Daniel Tallman

Acceptance Recovery Counseling

Doren Walker

Community Volunteer/Returning Citizen

Dorothy Whiston

Retired Pastor, First Baptist Church

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/4/2020,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/04/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.