Program offers transition campus for clients
HENRYETTA, Okla. — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reintegration Program held a ribbon cutting ceremony June 2 for the opening of the new office building and housing facilities.
“This is a very proud day for us,” Director of RiP Tony Fish said.
The housing campus will accommodate clients leaving incarceration and transitioning back into society.
Fish said that they have been working on the project for three years.
Between the U.S. Department of Justice grant of $3.25 million and MCN matching the DOJ grant, the vision has become reality in a newly constructed fourplex building.
The units are allocated for men and women. RiP will help meet the needs of their clients whether it is clothing, housing, food or services.
Fish said the campus reflects the belief that once someone has paid their debt to society, they can be brought back into society.
“We don’t believe in throwing our citizens away,” Fish said.
RiP provides services for offenders seeking to get their life back on track including mental health or health in general, driver’s license reinstatement, substance abuse counseling or getting fines and fees taken care of through their legal department.
“…Having a direct hand off from incarceration back into society with people trained to help them… It instills the values of the people,” MCN Principal Chief James Floyd said.
Floyd said that MCN is one of the first tribes to have a reintegration, and is the leader in reintegration with the opening of the new building.