Who We Are:

A Brighter Way (ABW) is a mentoring program designed to increase self-efficacy, intentional problem solving, and communication skills that promote the stability of the individual by providing quality mentoring for men and women returning to Washtenaw County from incarceration. We seek to create opportunities for the people we serve in the areas of job creation, education, and civic engagement to reinforce these critical learning aspects of the reintegration process. We know that accessible positive social support is foundational to navigating these complicated systems and combating recidivism.ABW was started by friends with a shared interest in helping people to overcome barriers that they themselves have faced. We are registered as a Michigan non-profit and are operating as a program of Avalon Housing. We work with individuals in order in increase family and community stability and safety for all.

1 to 1 Mentoring

1 to 1 mentoring pairs one mentee with one mentor. ABW mentors are trained to guide mentees through an intentional decision making process, to reinforce coping skills, help mentees identity community resources, and follow up with them on resource utilization.

Serving Together

Serving Together is a four-week experiential exercise where mentees are evaluated on their job performance while they participate in community service projects. It is meant to highlight the strengths of each mentee, as well as identify areas for growth.

Bonded For Life

Bonded for Life groups are check-in and skills-building groups where mentees are given the opportunity to discuss their experiences with reintegration. Skills taught in this group include challenging negative self-talk, distress tolerance, assertive communication, and positive identity development.