EXODUS PROJECT offers spiritually-based mentoring and other resources for men and women of all faiths coming out of incarceration and returning to the Sacramento Area.
Rooted in the teachings to care for the least among us, EXODUS PROJECT aims to be a bridge of support and compassion during the tenuous transition from incarceration back into the community. Beginning during the last months of incarceration, mentoring continues for six months post-release.
Exodus Project, Sacramento takes a holistic approach, emphasizing human dignity, self-awareness, and an engaged spiritual and/or religious life. Through this lens, mentors offer non-judgmental listening, encouragement, and support.
Mentors also offer practical support and encouragement with worldly affairs, including the procurement of housing, healthcare, employment, faith community involvement, and
Our approach focuses on three core areas:
Seth Castleman, Director
This three-year pilot program is run by Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Sacramento Diocesan Council and supported by The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. Exodus Project is also a site of the St. Vincent de Paul USA Immersion Reentry Program.
How You Can Help
Become a Mentor
Mentors are men and women of all faith backgrounds who have completed a comprehensive 16-hour training program. After the initial training, mentors are asked to commit five to eight hours a month for one year. The program matches men and women leaving incarceration with a mentor of the same gender.
Mentors offer support to participants in a variety of ways.
“Meet you at the gate” to assist participants immediately upon release.
One-to-one mentoring during the final months of incarcerations and for six months post-release.
Connecting participants with resources and opportunities.
Reconnecting participants with their faith communities.
Be a force for change in a person’s life!
Consider Employing a Returning Citizen
Many returning citizens are eager to return to the workforce but face barriers to gainful employment because of their criminal record. Hiring a returning citizen will give them hope and a realization that they are welcomed back into their community. With your help and willingness to hire one of our participants, they will be well on their way to a successful new life.
Employers of ex-felons are eligible to receive up to $9,600 in Federal Tax Credit through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). Click here for more info: Work Opportunity Tax Credit.
Give your time and skills in support of this project. Administrative and other opportunities available.
Your generosity will sustain our efforts to help our returning citizens. Any contribution is greatly appreciated. You may donate online or mail a check made out to: SVDP Sacramento Council
P.O. Box 162487
Sacramento, CA 95816
MEMO LINE: Exodus Project
Catholic Herald article (October 2019)