READI CHICAGO IS AN INNOVATIVE RESPONSE TO GUN VIOLENCE IN CHICAGO.
READI Chicago relies on the expertise of community-based practitioners and partners in the criminal justice system to identify participants. The Institute for Nonviolence Chicago provides critical outreach services in the Austin community, relentlessly engaging men at the highest risk of violence involvement. The INVC READI outreach team is responsible for finding and engaging participants based on administrative data, referrals from corrections institutions, and their own deep knowledge of the community.
READI Chicago provides employment in paid transitional jobs, cognitive behavioral therapy, and support services to help our participants create a viable path and opportunities for a different future, and to help reduce violence in the city’s most impacted neighborhoods.
Once men have agreed to join READI Chicago and have begun transitional employment and cognitive behavioral therapy, the INVC outreach team provides a level of case management and helps connect participants in Austin with support services, including housing and legal services. Given that the individuals READI Chicago is trying to reach are difficult to engage and have not typically sought out services, INVC outreach workers have up to one year to build relationships and enroll participants in the program.
Decrease shootings and homicides among those at highest risk of gun violence
Create new opportunities for these same individuals to change their life trajectory and decrease their involvement with the criminal justice system
Help build an infrastructure at the community level to promote long-term safety and opportunity in Chicago’s most impoverished communities