Last year, Root and Rebound raised over $30,000 from our first-ever auction & fundraiser! These funds allowed us to serve over 16,000 people directly with the “Roadmap to Reentry” guide, trainings, our reentry legal hotline, and our prison letter writing service, ultimately helping currently and formerly incarcerated individuals to navigate some number within the 44,000 documented legal boundaries Californians face post incarceration. This had, has and will continue to have positive ripple effects onto Oakland’s, the Bay Area’s, California’s, and United States’ communities.
This year, Root and Rebound is raising funds to further expand our efforts across the state. We plan to build an online training platform to reach thousands of new users with the click of a button, to publish 16,000 hard copies of Roadmap to Reentry: A CA Legal Guide, to host even more community, prison and jail based trainings by building new partnerships, and finally, to magnify our hotline work.
To date, we have distributed 7500 guides, mostly to people inside prisons and jails across California, and have helped over 400 hotline callers, the lion’s share of whom have nowhere else to turn for legal advice. We have now sent guides to every county in the state. Lastly, we have performed 40 trainings for 1200 individuals representing 340 organizations.