PACE Director of Operations
Indianapolis, Indiana – Approximately 10 million justice-involved individuals re-enter communities from jail or prison each year. In 2019, 9,382 men and 1,575 women were released from prison in the state of Indiana. In Marion County alone, 2,281 men and 203 women experienced the stressful process of starting over, while also struggling with substance use disorders, limited housing and employment options, and mental health issues.
In order to reduce individuals’ re-arrest, re-conviction, and re-incarceration, it is essential to offer evidence-based opportunities that change behavior. Furthermore, as COVID-19 continues to spread through correctional facilities, the justice-involved population is vulnerable to both getting the virus and exposing their families once released. Because our clients are the most vulnerable, we anticipate they will continue to experience negative effects related to health, housing, employment, and more, long into 2021.
Public Advocates in Community re-Entry (PACE) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services to help individuals impacted by incarceration and their families to lead productive and responsible lives in their community. This includes job readiness coaching, employment placements, substance abuse counseling, mental health coaching, peer recovery coaching, high school equivalency classes, and more, all at no cost. While we are proud to serve those in need, we still have a lot to accomplish.
That’s why we’re hosting our annual fundraiser title Artspoken: Expression without reserve virtually live on Facebook at 6 PM on Thursday, October 22. In addition to watching on Facebook, attendees should visit OneCause at bidpal.net/Artspoken to view the event schedule, browse a wide selection of silent auction items, make a donation, get to know our event sponsors, and learn more about PACE. The event will feature inspirational artwork for sale, live performances by talented individuals, and special appearances from Indianapolis’ business and community leaders to highlight how integrated care, a strong community, a sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to community stabilization through reduced crime.
We believe in second chances and hope you do, too. Our goal is to raise $60,000 to ensure that people returning to the community from incarceration have the tools and resources they need to be successful. Learn more at paceindy.org/Artspoken.
Founded in 1960, Public Advocates in Community re-Entry (PACE) is a nonprofit organization located in Indianapolis, Indiana and provides a variety of services to persons previously incarcerated and their families to lead productive and responsible lives in their community. Our vision is to ensure that people returning to the community from incarceration have the tools and resources to successfully re-enter; to promote public safety through effective re-entry; and to enhance community stabilization through reduced crime and increased productiveness.