We provide employment in paid transitional jobs, cognitive behavioral therapy and support services to help our participants create a viable path and opportunities for a different future, and to help reduce violence in the city’s most impacted neighborhoods.
READI Chicago is an innovative response to gun violence in Chicago. The program connects people most highly impacted by gun violence to paid transitional jobs, cognitive behavioral therapy, and wrap-around support services to help them create a viable path for a different future, and to help reduce violence in the city’s most impacted neighborhoods.
READI Chicago is a two-year engagement – 18 months of a paid transitional job, cognitive behavioral therapy and support services, plus an additional six months of follow-up case management and coaching support to help participants successfully transition to unsubsidized employment.
Given that the individuals we are trying to reach are hard to engage, READI Chicago is allocating up to one year of community-based outreach services to enroll participants in the program.
“What gets me out of bed every morning is knowing that I could possibly save a life.”
READI Chicago relies on the expertise of community-based practitioners and partners in the criminal justice system to identify participants. In addition, READI Chicago uses predictive analytics, in the form of the Urban Labs Risk Assessment, to identify and subsequently connect individuals with outreach workers.
“It provides me with an opportunity to create some safe, steady income for me and my family.”
READI Chicago provides participants with a viable opportunity to make real change in their lives, in part by connecting them to 18 months of paid transitional employment.
“I react to situations differently now. I think more, take responsibility, and think about the consequences.”
READI Chicago infuses the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy throughout the program, including through participation in clinician-led group sessions three times per week. CBT is designed to help individuals slow down their thinking and respond less automatically in stressful situations.
“I feel like I have a real family here. There are a lot of people seeking to do better, and this is real help.”
READI Chicago outreach workers, coaches and work crew staff work together to provide participants critical supports and access to services to help set them up for optimal and sustained success in work and in life.
Work crew experiences enable participants to develop skills in safe environments.
Diverse work sites create opportunities for participants to practice skills and gain knowledge that informs their personal and professional development goals.
Participants explore employment sectors of interest and implement their individualized professional development plans in preparation for unsubsidized employment.
Participants transition into full-time, unsubsidized employment, with continued engagement in cognitive behavioral therapy and case management.
Participants engage in ongoing coaching as they navigate their unsubsidized employment opportunities.
Heartland Alliance is partnering with a network of six organizations on the South and West sides to implement READI Chicago.
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