Bridging the Gap: The Role of Sponsors’ Transitional Housing and Employment Services in Community Corrections

Paul Solomon & Nicholas Crasper

Presenters will discuss ways to duplicate transitional housing services in different communities, how to get past “Not In My Backyard” (NIMBY) issues, how to implement best practices with transitional housing and employment services for individuals reintegrating into the community, and the importance of integrating cognitive behavioral therapy to help clients reach required dosage hours. Attendees will gain a better understanding of what a successful model transitional housing program looks like with over 40- years’ experience providing services to men and women returning from periods of incarceration.

Paul Solomon

Paul Solomon is the Executive Director of Sponsor, Inc. in Eugene, Oregon. Sponsors’ has been providing reentry services to people with criminal histories since 1973. He has worked at Sponsors for over 15 years and as Executive Director since 2011. He was instrumental in the development of a 72 bed, $6 million complex that opened July, 2010 and the organization’s successful $9 million campaign to develop a 54 unit complex for people with criminal histories. Sponsors is recognized as a model for prisoner reentry services. Sponsors operates 20 buildings on 7 sites with over 200 beds of transitional and long-term housing and ancillary programs for people with criminal histories. Mr. Solomon is a national expert on the development of housing for people with criminal histories. He has facilitated webinars for the DOJ and the National Reentry Resource Center on “Planning for Sustainability: Supporting Community Based Reentry Programs” and “Reentry Housing Options for Sex Offenders”.

Nicholas Crasper

Nicholas Crapser, Deputy Director of Sponsors, is a Ph.D. student in the Counseling program at Oregon State University. Mr. Crapser is a state and nationally licensed addictions counselor, mental health counselor, and clinical supervisor. He received his Masters in Counseling, Bachelors in Human Development, and has a specialized degree in Chemical Dependency Studies. He has worked in county drug courts, family treatment/dependency courts, jail reentry programs as a counselor and adviser, and is currently an adjunct professor of counseling and addiction studies. As Deputy Director of Sponsors, he works to ensure consistent and evidence based program delivery, provides clinical oversight to program directors, case managers, and counselors, and works with the Executive Director to advocate on a state and national level for systemic changes to our justice system and to remove barriers to individuals successful reintegration back into our communities from periods of incarceration.

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