No One Does It Alone: Success Stems From Working Together

Every RS EDEN client’s journey through our programs is unique, and we take pride in lifting up and sharing their individual stories. This client success story, however, highlights a perspective we don’t always have an opportunity to share. After Monique transitioned from prison to RS EDEN’s Reentry Metro, her parole officer kept in close touch as Monique prepared to transition out of Metro and into the wider community again. In April, Monique got the exciting news that she could successfully move out of Metro and into Kind Hearts Home, a supportive housing unit in Minneapolis. Here is an excerpt from Monique’s parole officer to RS EDEN:

“It is hard to put into words how appreciative I am of [RS EDEN Reentry Metro] staff’s work with Monique. They took the time to get to know her as a person, recognize areas of risk, and talk her through her ups and downs. She has mentioned, more than once, how grateful she was because of the way a staff handled a situation or that she was given opportunities to work through and process emotions she was having that may have lead her toward poor decisions. (Some situations, of course, were larger than others. I mean how may clients can say that a staff member actually saved their life by performing the Heimlich on them when choking!)

[Her experience at Metro] will help her greatly as she transitions into the community because she has gained some insight into herself and more importantly, has more trust in her instincts which has made her more confident in her ability to be successful. I am not trying to take away from the fact that Monique came out of prison motivated and determined to succeed. The reality is though, that no one does it alone and had she not been in a program that made her feel welcomed and supported, it would have been extremely difficult for her to be successful.”