Texas Hope Literacy Inc

Hurst, TX   |  www.texashopeliteracy.com
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Mission

The mission of Texas HOPE Literacy is to transform offenders through the HOPE Community Reintegration Models using peer driven education within an evidence-based framework in order for them to re-enter society as productive and contributing members of their communities.
The vision is to be the model program for prisons and jails everywhere.

Notes from the nonprofit

Awards 2000 Governor's Religious Volunteer Award
2001 Dallas Reads Champion Educator in Adult Literacy
2005 National Crime Prevention Council Recognition
2005 Governor's Most Innovative Program Award
2006 Governor's Community Capacity Builder Award
Products 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization
We provide services to disadvantaged incarcerated men and women during incarceration and post-release.

Ruling year info

2000

CEO

Ms. Lucy H. Smith

Main address

PO Box 905 2121 Airport Freeway, Suite 480, Irving, TX 75062

Hurst, TX 76053 USA

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EIN

75-2829515

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Our programs

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HOPE /Community/Classroom Reintegration Models

Since 1997, HOPE has trained 1000's of incarcerated men and women to tutor their functionally illiterate peers in a one-on-one setting so they can earn their GED prior to release; many have learning disabilities. Current focus is on incarcerated parents since they are the direct link to their children. Our organization is the originator of the HOPE Community Reintegration Model and programs for prisons and jails. All models have leadership opportunities where the inmates can practice positive behaviors and attitudes. We have field-tested them on prison and county jail sites. HOPE has received three Texas Governor's awards and national recognition. Our goals are to equip the inmates to be responsible citizens during their incarceration post-release so that they will be better parents to their children, our neighborhoods and communities will be safer, and recidivism lowered.

Population(s) Served

Texas HOPE Literacy (HOPE) provides inmate reintegration programs in both jails and prisons. The HOPE reintegration models create safe communities where inmates can live, learn and grow together. These are specifically designed to target recidivism, remediate the functionally illiterate and give them the tools they need post-release. Training and modeling appropriate actions, attitudes, and behaviors that they practice prior to release is much more effective than warehousing. The integrated design of peer tutoring is unique within the jail/prison settings; even more powerful when it is in concert with facilitated life skills, education centers and spiritual development courses that employ a holistic approach. Transformative learning involves change, a change in a person comprehends, perceives and believes about their world and themselves. This is crucial to change. When transformation occurs on the inside first, the outside becomes healthy.

New Reentry Office - 2014
Texas HOPE Literacy opened a Reentry & Community Resource Office in Irving, Texas to assist HOPE alumni in their reentry needs after incarceration. HOPE is a family that begins on the inside and transitions with them to help them stay free. The same principles they learned in the program during their incarceration will be supported and reinforced as they reenter their HOPE Family community post-release.
Studies of County jail recidivism are few and far between. In 2003, the Montgomery County Department of Rehabilitation and Correction in the state of Maryland conducted a study to examine recidivism within a jail population.3 This was done to determine the research needs of a county jail system, and provide recommendations about how to deal with recidivism overall. Their definition of re-arrest/re-indictment was that of an offender, who was arrested by police, and then subsequently indicted for the offense by the State Attorney. This definition may differ from other studies where only an arrest occurred, but charges were not necessarily filed. They found that after one year, 41% of males/32% of females, were re-arrested/re-indicted for other offenses. When they added violations of probation, the percentages increased to 46% for males/38% for females.

Individualized case management begins with a needs assessment to identify and link them to services specific to their needs. Reentry calls for a broad systems approach to managing inmates returning to the community. The establishment of Reentry and community Resources Office makes it increasingly possible to successfully link to community partners, families, justice professionals and others. When managed well, alcohol and drug treatment alone saves $7 in incarceration costs for every $1 spent. When education and reentry life skills are includes, the savings is greater.In addition to case management assistance, the office plans to offer a schedule of appropriate classes to assist in decreasing recidivism.

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Awards

Most Innovative Program Award 2005

Texas Governor

Most Innovative Program Award 2005

Texas Governor

Goals & Strategy

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Texas HOPE Literacy, Inc meets all descriptors of Texas Senate Bill 345, as defined in Texas Government Code 501.009 for volunteers in Texas prisons. These are as follows: Literacy and education programs, Life skills programs, Job skills programs, Parent training programs, Drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, Support group programs, Arts and crafts programs, Other programs determined to aid inmates in the transition between confinement and society and to reduce incidence of recidivism among inmates.

Short Term Goals: Beginning 2014 - Open 3 Texas prison sites, expand program at Dallas County Jail, provide Reentry classes for former program inmates outside of prisons and jails.
Long Term Goals: Open 2-3 Texas prison sites annually, open a new County Jail, expand to open a juvenile facility.

Increase public awareness
Build strong collaborations
Promote volunteerism
Set up aggressive social media campaigns
Develop and utilize technology for program expansion

Cost effective program delivery: Utilization of inmate peer educators to tutor, large Volunteer Base, professional volunteers deliver evidence-based life skills curriculum, minimal staff requirements compared to inmate population reached, Board of Directors is engaged with our mission and vision, Donors are supportive of mission and vision, our organization has an excellent reputation with the criminal justice systems, especially since we were the first peer-driven inmate program in Texas, and now Texas prison system leads the nation in inmate peer-driven programs because if our efforts, we maintain strong accountability with our services and monies donated.

Our plans were to expand quickly. Our challenges have not been inmate related, instead they have been environmental. After 10 years on one site, a change in Wardens necessitated our closing the program.
Another site was closed by the legislature in 2013. It was here that we designed, developed and field-tested the HOPE community model over a ten-year period. This was a very challenging environment since many of the unit staff was antagonistic towards our program.
What we have accomplished is the development of three highly structured models along with evidence-based courses that meet criminal justice criteria for inmates. We have three Texas Governors awards (one of these was awarded to our founder), 2001 Champion Educator in adult literacy, awarded to our founder, a Verizon sponsored award, 2003 House Bill 28 became a law giving inmates the right to tutor during incarceration, and 2005 national recognition from the Crime Prevention Council in Washington, D. C. In 2012, we assumed leadership of a pod of females at the Dallas County Jail, a first in this environment. Considering all the challenges that we have had in starting a brand-new concept, having to work with space availability on different units, staff opposition, unstable and unstructured inmates with a myriad of behaviors, mental health issues, severe trauma from abuse and sexual abuse, addictions, constantly having to guide inmates to not cross the authority line between their leadership positions and exercising authority over one another, we probably are on target time-wise with expansion; not to mention the fact that many officers have the same issues and behaviors as the inmates, we are probably on target with expansion.

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Texas Hope Literacy Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/2/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Lucy H Smith

Texas HOPE Literacy, Inc.

Term: Dec 2011 -

Jim Shinpaugh Secretary

Texas HOPE Literacy Inc

Albert Smith Treasurer

Texas HOPE Literacy Inc

Laurie Van Ingen Curriculum Specialist & Volunteer Coordinator

Texas HOPE Literacy Inc

Elisabeth Holland Reentry Specialist

Texas HOPE Literacy Inc

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? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes