Media Alert: Services remain intact for PARS
Amidst news late last week about the early 2014 closing of the Prisoner Aid and Rehabilitation Trust in Christchurch, PARS are keen to make sure that it is understood that they are not part of the affected organisation.
"The funding environment for not-for-profit organisations remains
challenging," says PARS Executive Director, Tui Ah Loo. "PARS
remains in a strong operational position, however, our empathy and
support goes out to others in the sector who are
Separate from Prisoner Aid and Rehabilitation Trust, PARS is
based in Mt Eden and is contracted by the Department of Corrections
to deliver reintegration services to anyone in the top of the North
Island, operating alongside prisons throughout the entire region
right down to the Bombay Hills, as well as looking after those who
are deported back to New Zealand. "A large region, including the
prison privately managed by SERCO, all falls in our jurisdiction,"
says Tui. "We also interview prisoners throughout the whole of New
Zealand under our Supported Accommodation service."
The Council and management team at PARS assure clients and their
whanau that services will not be affected by the closure of other
organisations in the sector and furthermore, PARS will continue to
provide support where there are gaps in services.
Started over 114 years ago, PARS provided services to 2813
prisoners in the last financial year. The services that PARS
provide include support in finding accommodation, improving
connections to support networks, liaising with government
departments and community care agencies and providing practical
help to get prisoners back on their feet including assistance with
obtaining ID, opening bank accounts, and sorting their finances.
PARS are instrumental in supporting prisoners to become
independent, responsible and contributing members of society, who
are capable of healthy decision-making and achieving their unique
dreams and aspirations.
Without the support of PARS, and similar organisations,
ex-prisoners are left to navigate the added difficulties of a
post-prison life alone. PARS are vital to breaking the cycle and
helping clients to reintegrate positively back into society.
Future-focused, PARS are looking to diversify and grow their
operations in the coming year, with the aim of providing more
choices to prisoners and their whanau.