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ISSUE NO. O4  •  APRIL 2018   •  

Positive Transitioning W O R K I N G T O G E T H E R T O B U I L D P O S I T I V E T R A N S I T I O N

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Arizona Resources

Staying Motivated

Find out what reentry services are avaliable in Arizona.

All month we will be discussing how to get and stay motivated.

How to make a successful reentry plan.

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Making a reentry plan for success.


IN THIS ISSUE! Word of the Week: Motivation                page 3

Tips on how to stay

How to make a

motivated during

successful reentry

challenges

plan

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Whats new with

What's in next months

Arizona reentry

Positive Transitioning

issue

resources

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Motivating quotes to help you through the month             Page 10

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Motivation The desire and willingness that someone has to accomplish a goal. The Will To Win If you want a thing bad enough To go out and fight for it, MOTIVATION is a desire or willingness that someone has to accomplish a goal.. Motivation is the driving factor in how and why people accomplish the things that

Work day and night for it, Give up your time and your peace and your sleep for it

they do.

If only desire of it

What I find most interesting is how much

Never to tire of it,

Makes you quite mad enough

motivation and passion go hand in hand. It is impossible to have one without the other, as passion is what breeds motivation. You can always tell where a persons motivation is by the things that they are passionate about.

Makes you hold all other things tawdry and cheap for it If life seems all empty and useless without it And all that you scheme and you dream is about it, If gladly you’ll sweat for it,

This is why it is so important that people have an opportunity to discover what they are passionate about, because once they know this, not only do you begin to tirelessley work towards you goals, you accomplish them to the highest level of quality. As motivation and passion will effortlessly shine through your work.

Fret for it, Plan for it, Lose all your terror of God or man for it, If you’ll simply go after that thing that you want. With all your capacity, Strength and sagacity, Faith, hope and confidence, stern pertinacity, If neither cold poverty, famished and gaunt, Nor sickness nor pain Of body or brain Can turn you away from the thing that you want, If dogged and grim you besiege and beset it, You’ll get it! — Berton Braley

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How to stay motivated during challenges Even with passion, staying motivated can still be challenging. This can be especially true for a returning citizen that is re-entering the community after spending time in prison. The challenges faced by returning citizens and their experiences can lead to significant decreases in motivation quickly. So it's important that you have some tips that can help to keep you motivated during challenging times. Here are 7 tips that can help push through those times. 1) Make a list of reasons why you want

5) Plan Ahead. It is a good idea to

to accomplish your goal.  Making a list

make a plan of how you will cope in

helps not only keep you aware of your

times when you are feeling a lack of

goals, it also helps the brain to actively

motivation. This will help to ensure

process your goals.

that you will have the tools necessary to continue moving forward.

2) Break the goals down into smaller manageable targets. Breaking down

6) Regular Re-evaluation.

these goals can help to better manage

Reevaluating your goals regularly will

and reach smaller targets goals. Seeing

be important in making sure that you

the small goals being reached will help

are meeting your goals in a timely

to keep the motivation to reach the larger

manner and if not, this will give you

goals.

the opportunity to make the adjustments necessary to reach the

3) Rewards. Rewards can be a great way

goals.

to keep yourself focused and motivated. Try giving yourself a small reward when

7) Remember the big picture. It can be

you reach a milestone of targert goal.

hard to keep the big picture in mind when facing the challenges. When

4)Ask for help. This may, at times, be

keeping the big picture in mind, it can

easier said than done but knowing when

help to show the importance of the

to ask for help and then having the

small goals that are necessary to

ability to do so, will make all the

reach your large goals.

difference in achieving the goals that you have set forth for yourself.  

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How to make a successful reentry plan. For returning citizens, transitioning back into the community can lead to a lot of challenging emotions and thoughts. This makes having a solid and reliable reentry plan vital to success. Research has found that the first 72 hrs of reentry can make the difference between a safe and successful reentry and a higher chance of returning to prison. Transportation from the prison or the bus station, as well as where the first night will be spent, should be determined to ensure that there is a reliable plan in place for the first night. This reentry plan should also include a plan or housing, employment, education/trade, and family reintegration. It is important to ensure that there are resources available to assist in providing basic skills.

Finding housing and employment are two major challenges faced during reentry. Many landlords don't want to rent to returning citizens leaving many with no place to go after release. Many returning citizens have found success on websites such as Craigslist where many independent landlords post property rentals. Finding employment is as much important as it is difficult for returning citizens. Although in recent years there have been changes surrounding employment and applications, that may prove to be a beneficial change in assisting in finding employment during reentry.

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It is important that the employment part of the reentry plan include jobs that hire returning citizens as these will be the positions that will be most beneficial. Yet, these positions must also be within the skill set and of interest to the returning citizen. This will help them you stay motivated to do good work. This will also help to further work on your skills and improve them. Although employment and housing are not the only challenges faced during reentry, it is vital that employment and housing be determined when creating a successful reentry plan.

Having a stable support system can contribute significantly to whether a returning citizen will return to prison. Support systems play a major role in one's ability to be successful. This is another important area that should be considered when creating a reentry plan. These are just a few important aspects of reentry that should be considered when trying to create a reentry plan for a returning citizen. Although there are many different challenges that are faced that should be included. Many events can transpire during the transition back into the community and by making a reentry plan, it can help to be a guidance, as well as help to maintain focus and motivation to accomplish the goals.

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What's New With Positive Transitioning Chipotle Fundraising Positive Transitioning will be holding a fundraiser At the Morse Rd. Chipotle in Columbus, Ohio on May 19th from 5 pm - 9 pm. Mention Positive Transitioning when you order for a percentage to go to Positive Transitioning. Come out to support us, and get a dinner.

Positive Transitioning Radio The Positive Transitioning radio station is now live. Although we are currently just playing music, we are developing a structure for live broadcasting and shows. You can find our station on the homepage of the Positive Transitioning.

Walking for a Transition Positive Transitioning will be hosting daily walking meetings at 10:00 pm est. Please come walk with is via Zoom Video Conferencing for 15 min. We will be doing a walking in place video, so you can do this from the comfort of your home!!

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What's in Next Months Issue

California Reentry Resources Next month we will be talking about resources that are avalible to returning citizens in the state of California.

Our Values Next month we will begin to highlight our values in our following magazines. Next month we will start with discussing support. We will provide tips as to the best ways to provide support and all the variations of support.

The Hustle? In next months issue, we will discuss the different definitions of hustle and how to turn your passions into your hustle. Urban Dictionary defines hustle as: "To have the courage, confidence, self-belief, and self-determination to go out there and work it out until you find the opportunities you want in life". Do you agree with this definition?

Quotes on Support Since we will be discussing this month, this month we will have some quotes involving support.

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Arizona Reentry Resources Ministry for the Recently Released This is a ministry of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix, an organization that helps millions of people in need each year. The Ministry to the Incarcerated helps recently released exoffenders meet their basic needs. This includes things like food, shelter, and health care provisions while the ex-offender is trying to obtain employment. 420 W. Watkins Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85003 T: 602.261.6883 Weekdays 9:00am–3:00pm Weekends Closed

Hopes Crossing Hope’s Crossing provides job services for female ex-offenders as they begin the process of reentering society. Centered in Maricopa County, this organization seeks to enable women to reconnect with their families and re-enter society armed with the skills necessary to successfully navigate the return to society following incarceration. Hope’s Crossing has various programs designed to focus on social skills, life skills, career planning, resume preparation, job searching techniques and much more so exoffenders can successfully develop the attributes necessary to maintain successful employment.

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The SISTER Program Provides outreach to women formerly incarcerated. Services include support meetings and information about referrals to community services. Juliana McFadden, Founder & President. (602) 684-3458, http://www.sisterminis tries.org, Contact.Us@sistermi nistries.org SISTER Ministries, Inc., 8802 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021


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