About

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Our Mission

Our mission is to work to reduce recidivism by advocating for and providing services to women who are reentering local neighborhoods and communities. We work to build alliances, collaborations, and networks to creates positive changes in policies that negatively impact women involved in the criminal justice system. 

 
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Our Leadership Team 

Stacey Borden, M.Ed., LADC I

Founder and President

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Sharlene Blake

Gretchen Moore

Stella Stewart Davis

Lynette Tyler

Carmen Cohen

Mia Cameron

Our Purpose

 

Clients learn to express feelings appropriately, improving their social skills and relationships while strengthening the innumerable roles they play in their personal and professional lives. There has been a discovery that those who received drama therapy

show a significant improvement in their self-image, self-esteem, and self-discipline.

 

Our Focus

 

We have obtained the property in the Boston area to holistically provide reentry services for women, and offer them the highest chance of success to permanently return to their families & communities.

Our Programming

Countering Recidivism: Transforming Women's Trauma through Dramatic Arts.

 

  • NBRS believes that one of the most important therapies in treating trauma is the use of "Expressive Therapy and Dramatic Arts"

 

Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counseling

  • NBRS will offer full service evidence-based cognitive-behavioral treatment programs at our newly established reentry house opening within the next 60-90 days.

COVID -19 Outreach and Education

  • In Massachusetts COVID-19 has turned prisons and jails into virus hot zones. Dozens of inmates died and infections were on the rise. The crisis prompted corrections officials to release many women with no place to go. NBRS has worked with the Boston Health Commisssion to provide much needed PPE, housing and other resources to formerly incarcerated women. 

Trauma-Informed Services 

 

NBRS provides trauma-informed services. We recognize that trauma plays a role in justice involvement. Trauma is common among women in the criminal justice system, with an estimated 96 percent of women reporting at least 1 traumatic event in their lifetime, and many have experienced, on average, 6 different traumatic events. Although traumatic experiences can affect both men and women involved in the justice system, women experience trauma at a higher rate than men do and also more often experience negative consequences of trauma (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder). Trauma may be experienced through events such as abuse or neglect, and historical events, such as the Holocaust and slavery, among others.

 

Traumatic events, particularly exposure to repeated events, can impact the structure and function of the brain—especially in younger individuals—and influence subsequent coping responses to stress and everyday life events. This may result in unhealthy, detrimental responses to stressful situations. NBRS includes trauma-informed practices to effectively address each woman’s experiences. 

Allyship

 

We stand in solidarity with members of the LGBTQ+ community and support transgender women, ciswomen, non-binary community members, and other communities underrepresented by re-entry services currently available.

 

Want to become a partner of NBRS? Please contact us!

 

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