Ride Home Program

Under the leadership of ARC Board Member Michael Romano, ARC collaborated with Stanford University’s Justice Advocacy Project to create the Ride Home Program. The Ride Home Program provides free, safe, and friendly transportation directly from the carceral facility to an approved transitional housing program that will address the individual’s specific needs and fulfill the requirements of their supervision. Our Ride Home Program has brought home more than 1,394 people upon release and experienced a 700% increase in demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our experienced ARC reentry counselors and drivers are formerly incarcerated themselves, so they offer returning citizens an opportunity to spend time with a peer who’s been through a similar experience and a practical and realistic plan for reentry. We keep in touch with returning citizens for follow-up counseling and support in becoming ARC members. Our mission is to counsel returning citizens on how to approach and overcome obstacles ahead, share a first meal, buy fresh clothing and toiletries together, bring them to a safe home, and introduce them to a changed world.

Ride Homes Given Each Year

2020: Provided 153 Rides Home
2021: Provided 802 Rides Home
2022: Provided 257 Rides Home
2023: Provided 182 Rides Home so far

Average Ride Homes per Month

Our Ride Home program currently provides about 25 rides per month.

Total Miles Traveled for Rides Home

ARC Members have traveled over 80,000 miles across the state of California to give rides home.

More Ride Homes

Ride Home - Fabian Alomar

Ride Home - Jason

First Meal - David

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