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COMMUNITY RE-ENTRY &
RE-INTEGRATION FOR PAROLEES


I will bless you with a future filled with hope, a future of success, not suffering.  You will turn back to me and ask for help, and I will answer your prayers.  You will worship Me with all your heart and I will be with you and accept your worship.  (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

Contact
Information

Unity in the Community
909 East Broad Street, Texakana, Arkansas 71854
Phone: (870) 773-2535

Website

www.unityinthecommunity.com

Organization
Type

Non-Profit

Start Date

Auxiliary Beginning – June 1992

PROGRAM
AREA

Faith, Family, Health, Education, Personal, Social andSpiritual Change, Safety, Housing and Employment Referral.

PROGRAM
DESCRIPTION

Unity in the Community, a non-profit Christian faith-based organization was founded in 1992 by Dr. Bill Woodard to help the underserved, hard to serve individuals and families.  Dr. Woodard is Pastor, President and CEO of Unity in the Community, Inc.  This needed organization was designed to meet the educational, personal, social and spiritual needs of low to moderate-income people who are disenfranchised.

In 1992, Unity in the Community provided disciplines for some youth groups to empower their lives.  These youths were from the California Youth Authority and Local Teen Centers.  In some of our meetings, we discussed ways in which we could more effectively touch and change their lives to help them become productive citizens.  This relationship has grown over the years.

Participants take part in an educational curriculum focusing on Life Purpose, 12 Steps to change, Cognitive Thinking, Reconciliation, and Restoration.  The P.O.W.,E.R. program, (Preparing Overcomers to Win Every Race) includes, but is not limited to Personal Financial Literacy Training, Financial Management Classes, Employment Training, Construction Workshops (Vocational) and Life Skills Development.

PROGRAM
GOALS

The primary goal of Unity in the Community is to serve by developing and educating people in order to create safe, healthy, and working communities.  These communities consist of the underserved individuals.  We enroll carefully selected individuals (non-violent) who have sought or are willing to seek, to increase his or her knowledge base and to improve his or her life as a whole.  We are developers that are reconciling, restoring and building better lives and communities.

PROGRAM
OUTCOME

A key outcome for participants in the P.O.W.E.R. Program is a Certificate of Completion to validate successful personal development, making them less likely to be reincarcerated.

Graduates of our Financial Literacy/Personal Development Seminars are prepared to setup a Special Savings Account to start a business or use funds for education expansion.  UITC’s personal finance graduates are tracked through opening a special savings account and our vocational graduates are tracked through being gainfully employed on a job.

We believe Employment for the Overcomers is an important stabilizing factor that helps them make the transition from prison to society.  It also encourages self-sufficiency.  Our collaboration with those hiring through the P.O.W.E.R. Mentor Training Workshops better prepares adults and youth to succeed on the job and in their community.

UITC P.O.W.E.R. collects data on program participants.

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Command Post: 909 E. Broad Street, Texarkana, AR 71854
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6265, Texarkana, Tx 75505, Phone: (870) 773-2535
E-Mail Address: pastorwoodard@hotmail.com, Website Address: unityinthecommunity.com