The Passion Project

"The Passion Project: Reducing Recidivism, Transitioning Home"                   


On Fox 16 News-  "The Passion Project" at Covenant Recovery Re-Entry Program in Malvern, AR.


Our team of clinicians works tirelessly in efforts of initiating change and impacting our community.   A recent initiative, The Passion Project, was launched in 2019 to help Arkansas Community Correction in it's mission to help reduce the recidivism rate in the state.  Mental health services including therapy and psychoeducation are provided to probation/parole, transitional housing, and re-entry facilities across the state.  We bring clinicians and masters level interns together to help provide a solid support system.  Passion Unlimited Counseling hopes to make a difference one offender at a time.

Currently serving locations in Pulaski, Faulkner, Hot Spring, Garland, and Jefferson Counties.


2017 Arkansas Re-Entry Statistics:

Adapted from:

The Problem of Recidivism:

  • Offenders are returning to prison at a rate of 53.3%
  • Approximately 10,000 offenders were released in 2016
  • Approximately 5,330 will return within 3 years


The Barriers Faced By Offenders Upon Release:

  • Transportation
  • Child Care
  • Housing
  • Financial Obligations
  • Access to Medical Attention
  • Employment
  • Substance Abuse
  • Education
  • Mental Health
  • Community Resources
  • Family Support, etc.


The Re-Entry Hierarchy of Needs:

**The most basic needs must be met for an offender to focus on the next level**

Level 1- Food, Housing, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment

Level 2- Healthcare, Employment, Transportation, Education  

Level 3- Support Systems- Community, Family, Spiritual

Level 4- Giving back to the community- volunteerism, mentoring


The Ideal Plan for Re-Entry:

  • Parole Plan
  • Transportation
  • Gainful Employment
  • Family Reunification
  • Affordable Housing
  • Access to Healthcare
  • Support System
  • Mental Health Treatment 
  • Substance Abuse Treament
  • Community Resources