EPIC (Ex-Prisoner Integration Center)
Lisa is in the process of developing EPIC (Ex-Prisoner Integration Center), a reentry home and center that will be dedicated to providing former state prisoners in Massachusetts with an exceptionally supportive transition to independent living through a holistic wellness approach. Lisa’s vision for EPIC began while working at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, the men’s maximum security prison in Massachusetts, where she witnessed the devastating impact of prison life on the men incarcerated.
From her work with prisoners, Lisa understands that incarcerated individuals are frequently survivors of traumatic childhoods marked by chaos, violence, and poverty. Prisons--designed to punish through deprivation--provide scant opportunity for much-needed healing. At the prison, Lisa observed the anxiety men experience anticipating a return to society. Men trying to reintegrate into the community after spending years incarcerated face multifaceted and intense challenges, including financial instability, homelessness, and a reliance on dysfunctional behaviors developed through a lifetime of negative experiences. Her work within the prison system inspired Lisa to found EPIC and its unique approach to reentry.
EPIC recognizes that an individual’s mind and body need to heal after serving years in state prison. The program will emphasize the importance of wellness through a holistic approach grounded in positive community, mindfulness, exercise, plant-based nutrition, and a sense of purpose. Where prison is characterized by deprivation, EPIC will be designed to provide the opposite; a place to nourish the human spirit.
EPIC's mission is to support former prisoners as they develop skills to thrive as healthy, productive and contributing members of society. The organization recently received 501(c)3 status from the IRS. Lisa and EPIC’s board of directors are seeking partnerships to help this important project get off the ground. Please send an email to email@example.com to learn more.