Time for Change Foundation, (TFCF) receives 2.1 million dollars from the Department of Health Care Services – SAMHSA to expand its successful Positive Futures II (PFII) Project. Using the E3P3 model created by M.H.M. & Associates the PFII incorporates a multi-city strategy to reduce crime and eliminate recidivism. Time for Change Foundation’s Positive Futures II program will enroll 220 program eligible females (44 per year). An estimated 90% or more (200 program graduates, 40 per year) will receive program services upon release into the targeted area from the CDCR system. The service area is San Bernardino County and includes the cities of San Bernardino, Rialto, Redlands, Victorville, and Colton and covers 234.45 square miles.
Since 2002, Time for Change Foundation has provided homeless women and those with children with housing and supportive services to make the transition from incarceration and homelessness to self-sufficiency. TFCF created a full integration of evidence-based, supportive services, drug treatment, advocacy and various housing programs necessary to address the challenges with homelessness, reentry and more importantly, family reunification. To date, TFCF has reunited 247 children from foster care back with their moms in safe and stable housing.
In 2012, Time for Change Foundation (TFCF) created the Positive Futures, multi-city, 3-year pilot project, whose goal was to prevent crime, reduce recidivism and address substance abuse/mental health disorders for 135 incarcerated women. It began within 4 months of the women being released back into San Bernardino County and continued for 12 months post release. The project resulted in 100% elimination of recidivism and a 98% increase in housing, employment, family connectedness and behavioral health treatment. Evaluated by Dr. Nena Messina of the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program over a 3-year period, the Positive Futures project became a national success model.
“Time for Change Foundation is excited and dedicated to serving this vulnerable population ensuring that women are prepared to reunify with their children and become responsible and productive citizens of the Inland Empire,” says Vanessa Perez, Director of Time for Change Foundation.
What is the E3P3 model? Cities across the nation look to maximize partnerships that include “Public, Private Partnership” (3-P’s), which utilizes community organizations, schools, hospitals, law enforcement, and government agencies to bridge the gap in services, loss of funding and community needs. The E3P3 Model focuses on strategically aligning E3: Environmental Sustainability, Economic Opportunities, and Equity (which increases access to needed and available resources) platforms with grant funding. M.H.M. & Associates led by Luvina Beckley, has been a champion for this E3P3 model throughout the state. To date the E3P3 model has successfully supported $68 Million in grants and matching funds for selected jurisdictions.
Mayors and other elected officials along with community stakeholders will be celebrating this effort on September 7, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at the San Bernardino Government Center-Rotunda, 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92415.
Time for Change Foundation’s mission is to empower disenfranchised low-income individuals and families by building leadership through evidenced based programs and housing to create self-sufficiency and thriving communities.