November 1, 2014
The 29th Annual Project COPE Gala will be Saturday, November 1, 2014.
Be watching for upcoming information!
Since 1985, Project COPE has provided transitional housing, case management services, programming, and mentoring to men and women returning from incarceration. Through the dedication of staff and congregational-based mentoring teams, hundreds of ex-offenders have successfully reintegrated into the community; working, raising families, and living successful lives free of crime.
Approximately 20,000 adults are incarcerated in Missouri prisons, 97 percent of whom will eventually return to communities all across the state. Of that number, up to 6,000 individuals are released to the Greater St. Louis area each year. Especially for those who have been incarcerated with longer sentences of 10 years or more, returning home is not always possible. Family members have died or grown apart; bridges to relationships have been burned; and/or individuals have no safe environments to which they can return. Too often this results in homeless and/or the high risk of re-offending and recidivism.
For 29 years, Project COPE has offered a safe alternative to the risk of recidivism and homelessness by providing safe, clean, transitional housing and support services for men and women participating in the program. Less than four percent of our graduates re-offend and return to prison within five years. We support our clients (partners) and graduates, and work within our communities to help make them safer by strengthening families, supporting individual success, and helping to save Missouri taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual re-incarceration costs. Project COPE supports new beginnings, because we know from years of experience that second chances count.