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Immersion A Point of Reentry

Immersion: A Point of Re-Entry

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 well being.

IMMERSION is a point of reentry that focuses on building people to think, act, and behave more positively and productively through a focus on healthy relationships, employability, financial capability, and stretching expectations.
The IMMERSION program provides access to SVdP resources available throughout the United States for returning citizens in need of critical supportive wrap-around services.
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 initiatives to end poverty by focusing on assisting a large demographic we serve, our returning citizen brothers and sisters in Christ, and their families.

“You cannot talk about paying a debt to society from a jail cell without windows, there is no humane punishment without a horizon. No one can see their life without a horizon. And so many times we are blocking the view of our inmates. Take this image of the windows and the horizon and insure that in your countries the prisons always have a window and a horizon….”
– Pope Francis

IMMERSION Benefits Returning Citizens Though These Program Elements

IMMERSION provides mentors who will facilitate developing and practicing a life plan for successful reintegration into the community.
Training for Vincentian members/volunteers in understanding issues
related to incarceration and societal reentry.
The mentee, with guidance their mentor as needed, should become employed in a paid training or apprenticeship.
Assessment to help identify the needs of returnees and their families.
Guidance offered to returning citizens to develop a plan to move back into a community.
How are the needs of returning citizens being shared with the community?
SVdP as the convener of workshops, meeting, trainings and services available to partners and program participants.
Identify suitable affordable housing for returning citizens
Program Resources


National Re-Entry Task Force Members
IMMERSION/Re-Entry Sites
Sample Forms & Materials

We understand that not everyone is able to volunteer. If you are interested in supporting this program and provide sustainability to those who are looking to better themselves you can donate and advocate to become a Voice of the Poor.

If you would like to speak to someone directly about a donation or have questions about the IMMERSION / Re-Entry Program, or other anti-poverty programs, please contact our staff.

Contact Us

Steve Uram
National Directory of Poverty Programs
(314) 576-3993 Ext. 215

Rebecca Kazdoy
Program Manager, Poverty Programs
(314) 576-3993,  ext 217

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