Description of Organization:
The Tadini House (TtH) began in 2016 as a place to provide beautiful and healing spaces where those incarcerated can feel welcomed to flourish. One-to-one meeting sessions were established along with providing initial services (work boots, drug test funding, bus pass and occasional assistance with rent, clothes and a phone). Current programs offered:
• Re-entry support provides a one-on-one meeting and checking in with individuals to view their needs and provide those coming out of prison with a small care package.
• Participatory Defense (Family to Family) offers aid for families whose loved one is facing a criminal case. Help is provided to get their loved one home or sentence lessened. Once-weekly meetings are offered to help families cope and feel empowered to fight for their loved one and to help other families while building community.
In 2022, a grant in the amount of $9,000 was awarded to support TtH’s goal of establishing a quiet ashram to shift efforts from one-to-one meetings in a public place that provides a beautiful, quiet, therapeutic, self-supporting, living environment created to give men a longer period of time to adjust to society. The facility will serve 33 men , who have been incarcerated more than once or in jail who are interested in leadership development for three years.
The Engaging Buddhism program began 2022 with a goal to identify Buddhist communities in the metro-Phoenix Area and engage them in a general conversation about the re- entry process and its issues. Community outreach will be undertaken to bring together members of Phoenix’s Buddhist community who are interested in and challenged by the notion of bringing formerly incarcerated individuals into their Buddhist communities.