2000+ individuals are released to Parole supervision in Erie County each year.
More than 1 in 4 will come through the “Grace House” program.
Lives are touched. Families are changed.
The residents of “Grace House” are supervised and held accountable to the Parole release conditions and “Grace House” reporting rules. The residents are subject to the “Grace House” accountability issues defined by their individual Case Manager. “The Grace House” program is a leader in its field having created a unique partnership and linkage agreement with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. The success of “Grace House” is the unique partnerships with the religious community, businesses, addiction treatment program, the Erie County Department of Social Services, various job training programs (VESID), literacy Volunteers and local employers working together to provide opportunity and a clear direction of accountability for program participants to become productive members of society with the life skills necessary to live independently.
“Grace House” Transitional Residence is licensed by the City of Buffalo as a group home. The partnership with New York State Parole provides a State Parole officer 24 hour facility access with allocated office space. Program participants understand this linkage agreement by the physical parole presence and enforcement of “Rules” by “Grace House” staff.
Through the outreach of “Grace House” staff, the agency receives nearly all food products from the regional food bank, a local bakery and grocery purveyors that regularly donate to the facility. Medical care, addiction treatment, Parole mandated counseling is provided through the linkage with the Erie County Medical Center, Mid Erie Mental Health and Horizon Human Services Mental Health/Addiction Treatment Centers.
Through the experienced agency staff, daily contact with Field Parole and the numerous community agency collaborations the new target population will have all food, clothing, and medical needs met as well as ability to receive spiritual and mental health counseling.
The program affords this client group opportunity to receive care, both physical and medical, without personal cost. During program commitment, six months to one year, the primary goals, are participant stabilization and community safety. Through case management and involvement with collaborative community partners each participant is screened, assessed and a transitional program is designed to meet the individual level of care required. Staff encourages clients to become self supportive, independent and connected with care providers that assist the individual to live independent and crime free.