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We are SO proud to announce the capstone to our Give Back line, the Empowerment Planner! These planners were co-created with the amazing women of the Arouet Foundation. They are jam-packed custom resources and will be 100% donated to women either in or recently transitioning from prison.

DID YOU KNOW...

  • Women in jail are the fastest growing correctional population in the country -increasing 14-fold in recent years
  • •43% of women in prison have been physically abused, and 39% have been sexually abused (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2006)
  • Without resources to heal the hurts beneath their bad choices, many women stay stuck in a destructive cycle of crime and incarceration
  • When given a second chance with resources or programs like Arouet that give them hope, recidivism rates can drop more than 70%
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  • Incarcerated women are often at the end of a long, difficult road, feeling rejected, worthless, and hopeless. Many are mothers. These planners were co-create with Arouet Foundation with love to inspire and empower these women and let them know they are capable of a fresh start. Learn more about this new initiative below!

Click on image above to see more of what free resources the Empowerment Planner has to offer women in need.

Click on image above to see more of what free resources the Empowerment Planner has to offer women in need.

Click on image above to see more of what free resources the Empowerment Planner has to offer women in need.

Click on image above to see more of what free resources the Empowerment Planner has to offer women in need.

WHAT IS AROUET?

Photos of the bloom/Arouet focus group where this planner was born.

The women of Arouet opening the first copies of the planner they created!

A special thank you to the following who all contributed to the heart of this planner:
Alicia Rasta, Michelle Cirocco, Brandy Smith, Korbi Johnston, Cristy Chacon, Deborah Jones, Jennifer Nichols, Donna Thomas, Samantha Gotzinger, Virginia Mireles, Raimee Wilde, Madeline Bullard,
Natasha Bentley, Camille Livingston, Noelle Acuna, Christin Swansinger, Danielle Brightwell,
Dr. Emily Bonistall Postel and her students.

AROUET IS:
• A 501c3 nonprofit corporation

• A modern, innovative second-chance movement
• A local advocate for fair chance employment
• A supportive, inspiring, and educational resource that assist clients in meeting their personal and professional reintegration goals
• A workforce and career advancement center – specializing in workforce training, identifying fair chance employers, and full-service career placement
• A local organization dedicated to educating, supporting and training fair
chance employers
• An educator for empowerment, services and education for women, their families
and communities

• A holistic, inspiring, and educational center for success that assists clients in meeting their personal and professional reintegration goals
• Arouet's 3 year recidivism rate of 6.1% while Arizona's 3 year recidivism rate of 35.9%
• Many women that Arouet has as clients go on to become peer mentors of others
earlier in the program.

OUR PROCESS

We were so grateful to have the opportunity to co-create this planner with Arouet. The ladies of this organization are the content creators, bloom is simply a vessel. Connecting with the members of the organization in person and speaking directly to the women still inside was imperative to understanding their perspectives and needs of the final user. We needed the final product to contain all the necessary resources and contents to really make a difference in someone’s life who is or will be going through the transition to every day life outside prison walls.

We left Arizona and Arouet with our hearts full and heads spinning with the hopes of packing the planner with all the amazing content we wrote on the whiteboards that day. We are now able to say that the Empowerment Planner contains the vast majority of those ideas, organized into one book that is now helping so many women bloom into their best selves! With each page turn, the book develops with the user, beginning with personal purpose, values, self-love, and the core of what it means to have a balanced life and continues on to information about healthy and unhealthy relationships, job interview tips, budget tracking, and so much more.

RESOURCES FOR WOMEN IN NEED

Arouet Foundation: Preparation for reentry, successful community integration, and career
and life success. www.arouetfoundation.org    (480)-771-6700
Bureau of Prisons Reentry Hotline: Free and confidential service that helps find local
resources (including reentry services) by calling 2-1-1 •  www.211.org.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
(800)-662-HELP/4357 (TDD: (800)-487-4889)    https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Connect to a counselor in your area.
(800)-273-(8255) www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
National Mental Health Association: (703)-684-7722
Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous Meetings: www.aa.org/pages/
en_US/find-local-aa
    www.na.org/meetingsearch
National Drug Information Treatment and Referral Hotline: (800)-662-HELP
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: To set up a bank account visit www.consumer finance.gov/blog/guides-to-help-you-open-and-manage-your-checking-account/
Budget and finance manager: www.MyMoney.gov
Free tax preparation assistance: http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep
Free Yearly Credit Scores Report: www.annualcreditreport.com or (877)-322-8228
Child Support: www.acf.hhs.gov/ programs/css/resource/state-and-tribal-child-
support-agency-contacts
Department of Education: (800)-621-3115  www.nslds.ed.gov
United Way: Housing assistance/referrals to housing and other programs. Dial 2-1-1
OR www.unitedway.org/find-your-united-way/

Salvation Army: May be able to give lodging, clothing, food, and a cash grant for the first 90 days after your release from RRC placement. www.salvationarmy.org
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.: Helps individuals and families with education, skills training, job placement services, transportation, housing, and clothing. www.goodwill.org
Income Assistance Programs Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): The Department of Health and Human Services gives employment services and cash assistance
to low-income families. www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/help
Supplemental Security Income (SSI): Provides money to low-income individuals who are
age 65+, blind, or disabled. www.ssa.gov/disabilityssi/ssi.html
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): Provides income to people with physical or
mental problems that prevent them from working. www.ssa.gov/disabilityssi
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): The Department of Agriculture gives assistance to low-income individuals and families. www.fns.usda.gov/snap/apply
Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP): Each state sets requirements to determine
who is eligible to receive free food. www.fns.usda.gov/tefap/ eligibility-and-how-apply
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP): The U.S. Department of Agriculture also purchases food and makes it available to CSFP agencies in each state for low-income
people at least 60 years of age. www.fns.usda.gov/csfp/eligibility-how-apply
GED test preparation classes: www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/ locate-a-prep-center
OR (800)-626-9433.
Federal Student Financial Aid: http://www.fafsa.gov  (800)-433-3243

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