The program interview consists of application completion, the discussion of guidelines, the program participation contract, and consequences. At this phase, we find out if both parties are a good fit. At times, women are in the process of reviewing the program before they are released. Attorneys, potential participants, and family members will call our office to inquire about the JTB program and if they can apply, especially if potential participants cannot get into other similar programs.
Once JTB approves a potential participant, the final decision is based on the judges and/or district attorney’s recommendation to divert participants to JTB as adjudication instead of prison incarceration.
When the participant is approved through volunteer or court adjudication, the next step is the intake process, within 24-48 hours of release from jail or program acceptance. Our goal is to quickly connect the participant with support services.
What services are part of the Empowerment Program?
Employment Assistance and Training
Court Advocacy, Policy Change, Advocacy
Substance Abuse Education
Random Observed Urine Analysis
Healthy Relationship Building/ *Boundaries
Health and Wellness (Healthy Matters)
Mentoring (one-on-one and group mentoring)
How long is the empowerment program?
The program is a 24 month program and commitment.
How much does the program work?
While participants are actively engaging in the entire Empowerment Program, JTB will appear in court as often as required by the judge with the participant to advocate for the participants progression in the program. The JTB court review is entirely based on the participant demonstrating compliance with the court, and JTB requirements
What's the cost of the program?
JTB has an initial one-time $350 fee and $100 per month. Generally, participants have a challenge with the fees because they are unemployed, therefore, we have to fund the program through other sources.
Are all applicants accepted to the program?
Each applicant is approved on a case-by-case scenario.
Do you offer housing
No, but as our program expands, we're hopeful that one day in the future, Just The Beginning will be able to offer housing for participants. We're open to partnering with organizations that do offer housing.