What are Voices of Experience?
Voices of Experience are those voices of the people who have lived it, who still live it. These are the voices of those who work through the challenges of reintegrating into society after incarceration.
So often, in fact daily, the voices that need to be heard are ignored, not listened to, or simply not asked.
The Voices of Experience Project is designed to give voice to the voiceless, to make sure the barriers, the challenges, and most of all the successes, are heard.
There is a form at the bottom of this webpage, for anyone who is interested to participate in this project.
“Because believing in people is where is starts.” – Nicholas Crapser
The current system isn’t working. Our community is not providing the support that is needed. And that is the why. It takes community support, and it takes community buy-in.
Lane County has many excellent agencies, public and non-profit, that serve the needs of individuals reentering and reintegrating after incarceration.
Through extensive communication and research, CDR has identified a need for a more robust and intentional system for the impacted individuals themselves to report on their experiences, and identify areas for improvement.
With this system established, these public safety and social service agencies can continue forward in ways that are informed by the real needs of people with that lived experience. With the Voices of Experience project established, the overall reentry system in Lane County will have a stronger shared narrative, rooted in current realities, and leading to more responsive and effective support for returning individuals.
Voices are heard one at a time, and then all together. Through empowerment and through recognition.
The system isn’t working as well as it can, not because there is no shared narrative, no shared understanding, but because there is not enough coordinated effort to make the system better.
The Voices of Experience project aims to listen and to learn. The goal of this project is to empower voices to share experience, and to give recognition and voice to the real life experiences of those who bear the burden of mistake, those who have taken accountability, those who strive to make amends.
CDR will convene and facilitate listening sessions, individual dialogues, and conduct surveys, to gather as much information as possible.
Voices of experience. Voices of empowerment.
Through confidential interview, surveys, and listening sessions, we’ll listen.
The Voices of Experience project will compile what is heard, what is said, what is needed.
Not just alone, but all together, the Voices that are heard will change the system, empower the voices that speak, and encourage those that don’t, those that can’t.
The Voices that need to be heard will change the system and make it better tomorrow than it is today.
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