The latest news updates and events from the Wilmington HOPE Commission.
On November 17, 2019 – The Wilmington HOPE Commission was recognized by the Wilmington NAACP for its Reentry work
The Wilmington HOPE Commission was recognized with the Leonard L. Williams Criminal Justice Reform by the Wilmington NAACP for its work in reentry.
The Wilmington HOPE Commission (WHC), located at the Achievement Center, is Delaware’s premier correctional re-entry program, providing comprehensive re-entry support services that target crime-causing factors, shown to be predictors of recidivism, for formerly incarcerated high-risk men leaving prison and returning to Wilmington’s most distressed communities.
- Purpose: Founded on research-informed solutions (and using qualified professionals and agency partners), WHC provides rehabilitative treatment services and programs designed to promote successful re-entry through – risk and needs assessments, cognitive behavioral treatment, vocational readiness training, educational and peer support, behavioral health services and family-reunification programs – to reduce recidivism and improve safety in the Wilmington community. Participants (i.e. members) are provided convenient access to the services essential to successful community reintegration – all under one roof.
Project HOPE – Christiana Health Care System and the Wilmington HOPE Commission
The Wilmington HOPE Commission has a workforce development program in partnership with Christiana Health Care System which provides employment opportunities. The Wilmington HOPE Commission provides an Enhanced Workforce Development (EWFD) Program that is a 12 week comprehensive program for those seeking employment or better employment. EWFD teaches individual’s basic workforce development skills such as presentation, interview skills, resume writing and then continues with instruction on how to maintain a job and other key employment skills. Upon successful completion of the 12 week program an individual has an opportunity to interview with CHCS for a position in a variety of areas. This program is open to the general public. The class is free and you can pre-register for the next class on line at www.wilmhope.org.
Our most recent Project HOPE successes are:
St. Clair Jackson – started on 7/15
Marlon Cable – cleared to start 8/12
And, Terrence Bailey who was hired into a casual position in May, recently was offered and accepted a full-time position.
The Wilmington HOPE Commission was recognized for its evidenced based reentry work. WHC is Delaware’s premier reentry program of its kind. Its results have been shown to have greater successful reentry then that of the State’s DOC.read more
Tamera Fair, Executive Director - Wilmington HOPE Commission was a panelist on the Behavioral Health Consortium at the University of Delaware's Hayes Symposium on October 2.read more
Two hours into his shift on a cool, bright Thursday morning, Anthony Owens and his three-person crew of street cleaners did a little extra work, picking up some bottles from a fenced-in corner park in northeast Wilmington. A privately run community space, it wasn't...read more
Before Curtis Butler went to prison, he was a union pipefitter and HVAC worker, working in airports, refineries and power plants. When he was released, he had nothing but the clothes on his back — his work experience was practically useless. With a robbery conviction...read more
At our board meeting in March we had one of our amazing members, Kevin Ramos, speak about what the Wilmington HOPE Commission has meant to him since he began the reentry program. Here are some photos from this special dayread more