Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Partners for Reintegration began as a Steering Committee of the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative(MIC) in 2013, focused on the need for housing for returning citizens. The MIC committee soon connected with Landee Holloway, a parole officer from the local P&PO office, who was a leader in the new MT Dept. of Corrections Reentry Initiative. The Steering Committee, driven by energy and interest on the part of returning citizens, faith congregation members, service agency staff, treatment providers, P&PO and housing advocates, soon outgrew its parent organization. In June 2014, PFR was launched as a new coalition of many partnership organizations with a keynote speech by DOC Director Mike Batista.
Since 2014, PFR has become a functioning coalition of 30 some Leadership Team members and hundreds of advocates and supporters on email and Facebook. PFR sponsors community forums and events to discuss reentry issues -- housing, employment, mentoring & social relationships, behavioral health care, peer support, sex offenses – and works with Missoula City Council, County Commissioners, housing agencies, faith communities to raise awareness of the need for reintegration, support and change in perceptions. PFR members have represented the concerns of reentry and reintegration at the State Legislature in 2015 and 2017, and testified at Interim Committee and Sentencing Commission hearings in support of criminal justice reform and legislation supporting reentry.
In 2017, Partners for Reintegration became an official sub-committee of the At-Risk Housing Coalition, http://www.chrisdatacenter.com/at-risk-housing-coalition-arhc.html, with members from health and human service agencies and governmental departments. ARHC's main purpose is to coordinate local efforts to plan and provide comprehensive services to address housing insecurity through a continuum of care and the Coordinated Entry System.