In 2011, Arouet was founded as an independent 501(c)3 by the Founder and CEO, Jim Hooker, and CFO, Vince Barsolo of Televerde—a global business-to-business lead generation company headquartered here in Phoenix. Televerde employs incarcerated women at five call centers inside of Perryville Prison in Goodyear, AZ and inside of Rockville Prison in Indiana. Jim and Vince recognized a need to provide wrap-around social support for these women, including the 30% who transition from jobs within both facilities to employment at Televerde. They knew that in order to “walk the walk,” they needed to provide services to help these employees achieve success and avoid recidivism once they were released. Further, they saw the value in providing these supports to all women and ultimately, all women exiting these correctional facilities.
For over seven years, with both pre- and post- release programs, Arouet has helped women tap into their own strengths, identify viable career paths, and establish stable, self-sufficient lives outside of prison. Through educational and employment supports, mentoring, wellness and behavioral health, life skills development, and advocacy, we are working toward a society in which every formerly incarcerated woman can successfully reintegrate and make productive contributions in our communities.
Through our pre-release programming, we provide direct job training and placement in professional jobs within Televerde while women remain incarcerated. With this program, we have developed a reputation for providing inclusive and nonjudgmental support, and for helping women enhance their employability for jobs in which they are interested and qualified. For this reason, women exiting seek our support, and employers increasingly want to hire our participants. Formerly incarcerated women face a proverbial fork in the road, and Arouet is in the perfect position to guide these women toward success and self-sufficiency, and away from recidivism.
[*Recidivism is defined as the likelihood to return to prison within three years of release from either committing a new crime or returning for parole violations. Arizona’s current recidivism rate is 37.5%.] Learn More About Arouet >
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Situated on 280 acres and nestled among the foothills of majestic South Mountain, this year’s 4th Annual Golf Tournament will be held at Legacy Golf Resort.
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667 women have graduated the TOPS re-entry program inside of Perryville Prison.
Since 2017 we have provided support, services and resources to 62 women post-incarceration.
6.1% recidivism rate for TOPS graduates since our inception versus the Arizona average of 35.9%*
*2017 ADJC Recidivism Fact Sheet
“The TOPS program taught me…how to forgive, put myself first, and make sure everything and everyone I choose to have in my life is a win-win.”
– Patricia D, TOPS Graduate
Arouet is a modern, innovative, second-chance movement for women transitioning out of the correctional system and our mission is to restore individuals, rebuild families, and positively impact communities. We provide preparation for reentry, workforce development, health and wellness and successful community integration for career and life success.
Arouet continues to fulfill this mission as we enter a new phase of expanding and deepening our services. Among our many incredible community collaborators, Televerde remains an important partner. With their best-in-class training and professional development programs, they are also a valuable resource to Arouet’s client population. Televerde is committed to supporting Arouet in meaningful ways and supporting our growth and expansion.
Well I suppose the hardest part of telling any story is figuring out where to begin, So allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ashley, I am 30 years old, I am a daughter, a wife, a mother and I am also an inmate in the Arizona Department of Corrections. Is this the way I planned my life? Not exactly… I was voted “most likely to be a pop star” in my senior year of high school and look at me now! I’m far from making headlines, at least the ones I had hoped to be making. Read More >