changing perceptions - fighting to end recidivism

Breaking the chronic cycle of criminal activity for those returning from incarceration

Changing Perceptions is a nonprofit organization established to provide human services to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals in the phases of pre-release and reentry. We offer guidance to overcome personal obstacles, build self-confidence, and develop valuable skills for traditional employment and everyday living.
We aim to develop programs to overcome obstacles that may hinder success, equip individuals with self-assurance and valuable job skills, and enable them to make positive contributions to society upon reentry.

Our Values

Respect and Dignity: We embrace each other for who we are, treat each other with care and kindness.

Trust and Accountability: We are reliable and honest partners, do what we say we will do, and do the right thing.

Empathy: We approach each other with compassion and strive to understand each others’ emotions and experiences.

Authenticity: We are who we are, bring our lived experiences to the work, and are committed to showing up for each other and our community.



We advocate for the members of our community by serving as liaisons to obtain the most up-to-date resources, services, and information to increase their chances of a successful transition.

Social Support

We understand that everyone needs a person to talk to in times of need or crisis. That is why we are here to provide our members with emotional, informational, and belonging support.

Community Engagement

We work collaboratively with community members to address issues affecting the well-being of others and solutions on how to make positive change.


Our clients have a zero percent recidivism rate, as measured since 2020.

Flex Funds

Changing Perceptions has provided over $90,000 in Flex-Funding for individuals in need of assistance with food, housing, employment, and transportation,

Completion Rate

Our program has a completion rate of 90%, which demonstrates our efficiency and effectiveness in completing tasks. While we aim for a 100% completion rate, we are proud of the progress we have made so far.

– what we do –

Our mission is to ensure the smooth reintegration and success of returning citizens in the Washington metropolitan area through hands-on and authentic mentoring, guidance, training, networking, and other supports and referrals to needed services.

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