The Rejected Stones Resource Center is a facility designed for U.S. Veterans, single mothers with children, people with disabilities, probationers, and parolees. The facility aspires to offer services for housing, transportation, employment resources, job training, resume preparation, Internet access for employment seeking, clothing vouchers for interviews, and other services that will facilitate the process of getting individuals back into the mainstream of society and off the fringes.
We also offer 12-step meetings, community service hours for individuals on probation and parole, classes that address some of the thinking processes and errors in thinking that have contributed to these individuals being on the fringes of society. Our approach is holistic in its scope, thereby addressing the bio, psycho, and social issues that plague individuals that have been incarcerated.
We are profoundly aware of the fact that when people get out of the mainstream of society and get into survival mode, that they acquire errors in thinking, a victim mentality, and character defects such as rationalizing destructive behavior and chemical usage satisfying distorted perceptions, denial, and a host of after psychological issues. Our goal is to dismantle these erroneous thought processes in order to restore the individual to being a productive member of society.
If an individual is “given” employment, transportation, and shelter after being without these things for any length of time due to chemical dependency, incarceration, or living a criminal lifestyle (selling drugs, stealing, robbing, etc.) they will not have the necessary skill sets to maintain them. They will end up being self-destructive and sabotage all hope for continuing this responsible lifestyle through a series of bad choices such as inviting drug using friends over, associating with people that are still actively living a criminal lifestyle, getting involved with persons of the opposite sex that are unhealthy psychologically. There has to be a complete paradigm shift in order to maintain the new healthy and responsible lifestyle. But if the only relations they have are those toxic past ones, your chances of survival are dismal at best.
We at The Stones That the Builders Rejected will provide a drug free and safe environment for those individuals to be exposed to resources and people of like minds. We embrace the scripture Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend”. When like-minded people are surrounded by one another in will, intent and purpose they tend to elevate one another, thereby giving them a higher probability of success. Through positive reinforcement from our peers we tend to rise to the level of their expectations of us. We gain a new purpose and acquire meaning in our lives. We have reasons to be more and to do better.
We offer a 23 course curriculum that addresses a host of the bio, psycho, social issues in a setting that is conducive to positive change and our core is spiritually based and not religious.
Client Pool/Entry Process
We plan on receiving our clients on a 15% referral basis from DOC, the courts, Dept of Labor, treatment facilities, probation and parole, ADC, some shelter programs, The United Way, Salvation Army, Counseling facilities, etc.
There will be an interview process, a needs assessment evaluation, criminal background checks, and a board convening acceptance process. Each scenario will stand on the merit of its own and dealt with on a case by case basis. We will not paint individuals with a broad brush and neither will we implement any rigid rules and criterion. However, we will exercise guidelines and parameters that have a flexible component woven into them. Every individual accepted into the program must be approved and individually interviewed by the President, Vice-President or the Director of Programs.
We have created alliances with other organizations such as the Department of Labor as well as other nonprofit agencies. We will continue to network in order to build a vast referral network that encompasses other services and programs that we do not provide at this stage. Some of those services and programs include but are not limited to housing programs, shelter programs, in-patient treatment facilities, detox facilities, employers, businesses, labor pools, educational resources, child care, and transportation.