About ABW

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.


Our Goal:

The overall goal of A Brighter Way is to lower recidivism in Washtenaw County by providing mentoring and other services that promote communication skills; job retention; and an increased capacity to build, maintain, and utilize a social support network. ABW utilizes one-on-one mentoring, group mentoring, and experiential employment exercises to achieve its desired outcomes.

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