A journey to join
OurJourney is a nonprofit organization created by a group of former North Carolina prisoners who met behind the razor wire, reconnected in the free world and determined together to do more than just celebrate their individual freedom.
From reentry kits to essential services, from resource guides to peer-to-peer mentoring, from one side of North Carolina to the other, OurJourney is a new approach to freedom, where being released from prison isn't just an occasion to anticipate, but also a journey to join.
OurJourney seeks to end the cycle of sorrow by helping the formerly incarcerated bridge the gap from prison to freedom, from their past life to their Best Life. We believe that reducing recidivism makes our communities stronger and safer, while saving millions in taxes.
OurJourney will use every tool available to reach justice-involved individuals in practical ways. This will include projects we specifically pursue as well as joining hands with others with our same values and mission. OurJourney is proud to announce our Essential Services program, which will provide life-skill mentoring to any returning citizen in North Carolina, building on the success of the First Aid Reentry Kit program that launched in the summer of 2022.
A group of men formerly incarcerated at Nash Correctional Institution in Nashville, NC, all loyal friends, founded OurJourney in 2022. However, anyone who believes in our vision is invited to join us. If you have ever been incarcerated, whether in North Carolina or in some other state, and would like to help men and women who rejoin us in freedom, please contact OurJourney using the information below.
Our promise to those we help
OurJourney will make no distinction between the those we help: all who have ever experienced the pain of prison, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, crime, sexual orientation or political affiliation, are souls we believe deserve to know their true value.
Our promise to our supporters
OurJourney values the support we receive from individuals, corporations, civic groups, faith-based organizations and foundations who believe in our mission and share our heart. We receive all support with humility and an enormous sense of duty and responsibility. We promise to use all donations to OurJourney wisely and with deep gratitude. Furthermore, we promise to make OurJourney accountable as a nonprofit organization in accordance with all state and federal requirements. All donations to OurJourney are tax deductible.
Our promise to our heroes
If you're a Reentry Warrior in North Carolina, whether as part of the program staff at a state prison, a state or county agency, a nonprofit organization, a faith-based ministry or a local business, we value and support you. Furthermore, we pledge to do everything we can to make sure our returning citizens know about your efforts on their behalf. They may be our #1 clients, but you're our #1 heroes.
"We Know What It's Like"
- A Word from Our Founder
Executive Director Brian Scott introduces OurJourney and explains the reason behind its founding. Scott also shares OurJourney's vision for the future and the details of an exciting program that OurJourney launched in the summer of 2022 to provide First Aid Reentry Kits to North Carolina's returning citizens as they rejoin our communities. (Duration 00:05:25)