EPIC (Ex-Prisoner Integration Center)

Lisa is founder of EPIC (Ex-Prisoner Integration Center), a residence that will be dedicated to providing former state prisoners in Massachusetts with an exceptionally supportive transition to independent living through a holistic wellness approach.

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 men's maximum security prison, Lisa observed the anxiety men endure 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 the need to heal the mind and body after serving years in state prison, emphasizing the importance of wellness through a holistic approach grounded in positive community, mindfulness, plant-based nutrition, exercise, and a sense of purpose.  Where prison deprives the human spirit, EPIC is designed to provide the opposite; a place to grow in the light.

EPIC's mission is to support former prisoners as they develop skills to thrive as healthy, productive and contributing members of society.

To learn more EPIC and how to get involved in supporting the organization, send an email to lisa@lisanewmanpolk.com.