Immersion: A Point of Reentry
IMMERSION is SVdP’s national reentry program, which supports returning citizens and their families as they face the challenges of reintegrating into society. Through mentorship and community partnerships, IMMERSION participants are aided on their journey to a livable wage, safe affordable housing, and overall wellbeing.
With Catholic Social Teaching at the core of our spiritual beliefs, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s IMMERSION program expands our work in Systemic Change to end poverty by learning from and advocating for our returning citizen brothers and sisters in Christ, and their families.
The National Council of the U.S., Society of St. Vincent de Paul IMMERSION Reentry Program was developed in mid-2018 by a consortium of Vincentian volunteers and staff from around the country who had been assisting returning persons to permanently reenter their community. It was given the name IMMERSION as a “point of reentry” to symbolize an entering into community not unlike entering the water of baptism experienced by candidates on their journey of faith into the Catholic Church.