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Home For Good In Oregon (HGO)



"Transforming lives through faith to increase public safety by reducing recidivism" 

Dennis Holmes, MA       
3405 Deer Park Drive SE
Salem, OR 97310
503-378-2648 fax

Debra Foutch      
Executive Support
3405 Deer Park Drive SE
Salem, OR 97310
503-378-2648 fax
 "Reconciliation requires changes of heart and spirit as well as social and economic change. It requires symbolic as well as practical action."
~Malcolm Fraser

Home for Good in Oregon (HGO) is an award-winning program of the Department of Corrections based on a vast statewide network of faith and community-based volunteer mentors and organizations working together. Starting with applications received from offenders wanting connection to a faith-community following release, HGO provides information, through hundreds of trained community volunteer mentors and re-entry partner organizations so that faith-community connections can be effective in assisting in the successful transition of offenders from prison to the community. Make the decision today to become a part of the HGO Team, and to do your part in creating a healthier and safer community. 
HGO Historical Overview
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Vision, Mission and Purpose.

HGO Vision Statement

That men and women exiting prison can sustain expectations of welcome and support from faith-based partners as they transition back to their families and communities.

HGO Mission Statement

Utilize strategic partnerships between state and community faith-based organizations to build a seamless system of support and spiritual guidance that promotes the successful restoration of people from prison back to their families and communities


A Corrections and Faith-Based Re-entry Partnership is to work with communities so that men and women exiting prison will  be welcomed and supported by faith-based community partners as they transition back to their families and neighborhoods.

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Program Description and Structure

The Community and Faith-based Re-entry program, "Home for Good in Oregon" (HGO), has setup a statewide program that is working with hundreds of volunteer mentors from faith and community-based organizations. The re-entry program helps community members to provide offenders with a pro-social spiritual support system that helps them to develop their spirituality, and to learn new pro-social attitudes and ways of behaving without crime. Developing such pro-social networks, associates and skills are key components of evidenced-based practices for reducing recidivism. 

We know from research that having non-criminal or pro-social friends and associates and non-criminal or pro-social attitudes, values and beliefs are two of the most important factors that help offenders to successfully reintegrate upon their release. Based on this research, HGO provides releasing offenders with opportunities to develop a pro-social support system for their release as well as a strong set of pro-social attitudes, beliefs and values. The American Correctional Chaplains Association gave its 2005 annual national award for religious program excellence to Oregon's HGO re-entry partnership. 

HGO has created a model re-entry program that is structured to help reduce Oregon's rate of recidivism and make Oregon's communities both safer and more compassionate. 

Re-entry coordinators work with institutional chaplains to assist offenders who are preparing for the challenges of returning to their family and community. Activities in the prison include spiritual-based transition classes, pre-release counseling and help to link inmates to community faith-based supports that will complement the inmate's approved release plan. This one-on-one interaction with inmates helps them prepare for, and work, on the issues they will face upon release. We also work with the faith-based volunteers who are conducting religious services in the prisons to help releasing offenders on transitional issues.
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The Role of Religious Services in the Oregon Accountability Model

The Role of Religious Services in The Oregon Accountability Model

Corrections Today - April 2009

American Correctional Association


There is a growing realization in the medical, psychological and criminal justice fields that we are more likely to achieve lasting results by providing a combination of programs or treatments rather than by depending on one cutting-edge theory or treatment alone. This is known as giving the patient or client a cocktail. In medicine, for example, cancer patients are given a large number of cancer-fighting medication rather than one or two semi-proven treatments. 
The Oregon Department of Corrections is trying to rehabilitate offenders. We hope to change the way criminals think, because we believe that behavior is simply an outward expression of inward thought. In our current approach, we offer a large variety of cognitive restructuring and hands-on vocational training programs in our effort to provide a cocktail of treatment opportunities. 
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Services Provided

Services to the Community: 

Both through the network of Chaplains and HGO Coordinators the HGO Partnership contributes these services to Oregon’s communities:

  • Education and training of community volunteer mentors about criminality and how to effectively work and relate to releasing offenders to increase safety.

  • Increasing communications between community corrections and members of the community for better serving and assisting released offenders.

  • Direct mentoring or support of inmates where appropriate. 


Services to the Inmate: 


  • Level I   – Each inmate applying to the HGO program for assistance receives a written response from HGO staff at the DOC which describes the HGO partnership network, and provides steps the inmate can take to prepare for release to the community.

  • Level II  – When appropriate, selected inmates will be provided at least one visit or telephone meeting with an HGO volunteer mentor prior to release for the purpose of exploring and developing faith-based community contacts.

  • ​Level III – When appropriate, a select number of releasing offenders will be provided one-on-one mentoring in the community of release through the Community HGO mentors.



The HGO Partnership in Oregon was awarded the 2005 National Correctional Programs Excellence Award by the American Correctional Chaplains Association and has received special recognition by the Correctional Services of Canada, Chaplaincy Services.

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Mentor Contact Report

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