The Cochise County Reentry Coalition (CCRC) is a 501-c(3) non-profit organization. The aim of CCRC Is to build partnerships among individuals, service providers, and local probation and parole authorities i around the common interests of successful reentry by our citizens returning from jail or prison.
We are united around the purpose of assisting those being released from incarceration to become productive citizens and to promote best practices to reduce recidivism. Our core values are: (1) Each person has the right to be treated with dignity and respect; (2) Each person deserves the opportunity to rebuild their lives after incarceration; and, (3) Each person is viewed as valuable and worthy until proven otherwise.
If you have a strong interest in the successful reentry of our returning citizens, we invite you to submit this application to join our board and devote your time and talent to this objective.
Thomas M. Reardon Chair
The Duties of the Cochise County Reentry Coalition Board of Directors
The first task of the Board of Directors is to develop and implement the bylaws and policies needed for the ongoing workings of the Cochise County Reentry Coalition. The duties of the Board within the bylaws includes the following:
Represent the community’s interests within the organization.
The Processes for Action
The board must acts as a body.
- Determine mission and purpose.
- Ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations, and fulfillment of contractual obligations,
- Safeguard assets from misuse, waste, and embezzlement.
- Select the executive officer (or the executive director), and then, monitor and evaluate performance of the executive.
- Approve a fundraising strategy and monitor its effectiveness. f. Determine strategies and overall priorities.
- Determine the organization’s program priorities, monitor implementation and conduct program evaluations to measure impact.
- Approve and monitor a realistic budget that maximizes use of resources.
- Establish and monitor the implementation of policies which will guide the day-to-day operations and review such policies as needed.
CCRC Board Member Commitment
I recognize the important responsibility I am undertaking in serving as a member of the Cochise County Reentry Coalition (CCRC) Board of Directors. I hereby pledge to carry out the duties and obligations of a Board Member in a trustworthy and diligent manner.
I acknowledge that my primary roles as a board member include:
- Contribute to defiling the organization’s mission and governing the fulfillment of that mission:
- Carry out the functions of the office of Board Member as stated in the Bylaws; and
- Promote the organization’s mission, work and values to the community.
I understand my role as a CCRC Board Member will focus on the development of policies that govern the implementation of the organization’s plans and purposes. I also understand this role is separate and distinct from the role of implementation which is vested in the Executive Director.
I understand that I have a fiduciary and ethical responsibility as a member of the CCRC Board of Directors to ensure that the organization does the best work possible in furtherance of its mission and goals.
I ascribe to the purpose and the mission of the organization and will act responsibly and prudently as its steward. I also realize that any authority I have is within the board following adopted bylaws.
As a CCRC Board Member, I pledge:
- To establish as a high priority my attendance at all meetings of the Board, committees and other organizational events, and to notify the Chairman of the Board in the event I am unable to attend.
- To stay informed about the organization, ask questions and request information
- To participate in and take responsibility for making decisions on issues, policies and other board matters
- To maintain the confidentiality of what is said or seen at the Board or committee meetings.
- To work in good faith with other board members and staff as partners towards the achievements of our goals.
- To always act for the good of the organization and the community.
What is the Cochise County Reentry Coalition (CCRC)?
What is the need for a reentry coalition?
Every month, men and woman come to Cochise County after incarceration in jail or prison. They return here because Cochise County is their home, and some come here to start a new life in a new location. There are many resources available to help them establish a new start in life. However, these resources are fragmented and often create a frustrating maze for the returnee to negotiate. This frustration may be increased due to long separations from daily life and no experience with social media, cell phones, or personal computers. In addition, absence of a coalition approach may lead to duplication of services or allow us to overlook gaps in services or opportunities for agency partnerships.
The Coalition is part of the Solution
The CCRC was founded to enable the development of a broad-based partnership of stakeholders and advocates with an interest in ex-offenders becoming useful and productive citizens. These community partnerships will reduce fragmentation; serve as a reentry asset-multiplier to reduce recidivism driven by frustration and lack of hope; and, to promote and support employment, training, restoration of civil rights, education, and housing in spite of felony convictions.
The Purpose of the Coalition
The CCRC is a 501c(3) non-profit organization established to facilitate and strengthen community initiatives with the aim of integrating ex-offenders into the community. Lines of action to support this purpose include:
- Identify and contact local community organizations whose functions directly or indirectly support successful reentry, establish a network for exchange of information and promotion of reentry outreach across agency/organization lines.
- Identify to the CCRC information network evidenced-based practices, policies, and programs that advance successful reentry and community safety (by reduction of recidivism).
- Identify Federal, state, and local statutes or policies that create barriers related to successful reentry and advocate for their change by coordinating recommendations to appropriate elected and appointed officials.
- Support private sector and governmental community initiatives in the areas of education, training, employment, health, housing, behavioral health treatment, and family and community well-being that can contribute to successful reentry.
Core Values of the CCRC:
- Each person has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
- Each person deserves the opportunity to rebuild their lives after incarceration.
- Each person is viewed as valuable and worthy until proven otherwise.