In May 2019 we opened a new centre, located in the small rural town of Te Aroha, to provide all new entrants to the RAW Model with the optimal space to settle, stabilise and begin their reintegration journey.
The first 12 weeks is widely acknowledged by experts as the most vulnerable time for a new release. Many struggle to come to terms with living outside of the highly regimented prison system that has been their home for years in some instances. While others struggle to break free of old habits and anti-social connections which, in reality, are only ever a phone call or social media message away.
All women choosing to participate in the RAW model will spend their first 12 weeks in a best practice post-release environment.
Called HE HAUMARU TE ATAWHAI [The Sanctuary], the purpose of this centre is to create a highly supportive and supported living and learning environment where new parolees can have the time and space to:
Build fundamental social, communication and lifestyle skills
Shed institutionalised behaviour and thinking
Get ready for full reintegration without distraction
Behaviour reflects a commitment to disconnect from old associates and create new positive connections and pathways of thought and behaviour.
Develops life skills focused on wellness, resilience, confidence, face-to-face socialisation, and how to become a good parent, tenant, neighbour, student, employee and/or micropreneur.
Develops and begins to implement a plan to study, work or start a small business to achieve financial independence.
Engages in building family reconnections with tamariki and positive whānau.
Actively participates in and encourages inclusion of others in He Haumaru, RAW and local communities.
Utilises every opportunity provided to plan and create a purposeful life for the future.