About Us : Our Mission

Our Mission

Resolana is a community-based nonprofit organization that provides holistic, gender-sensitive, rehabilitative programming for women who are incarcerated mostly due to substance abuse. We strive to turn their time in custody at the Dallas County Jail into an opportunity to acquire the insight and self-discipline, skills and confidence to turn their lives around. For many, it is the best – or the only – opportunity they will ever have.

Our Objective:

»    To teach women healthy coping skills related to addiction and trauma
»    To provide incarcerated women with opportunities for personal growth
through self-awareness and creative self-expression
»    To teach communication, problem solving and interpersonal skills to women
»    To teach women practical life skills which foster self-sufficiency
»    To support incarcerated mothers in building parenting skills
»    To model positive social values and foster participation in community
»    To connect women with resources for their return to their families and communities

The Name:

The Spanish term La Resolana refers to the sunny side of a building or plaza, a protected place where the warmth absorbed by the adobe walls draws people to gather together and talk. Traditionally, the village elders (called ‘los resolaneros’ or sun seekers) spent their afternoons seated against these “warming walls,” exchanging news with passersby, swapping stories, and passing on their cultural wisdom to the community.

Our intention is to create such a space for women behind the walls of the criminal justice system, a place of learning, self-expression and community.

Our Partners:

Resolana has a strong history of leveraging limited resources by developing collaborative relationships.

Resolana collaborates with the Dallas County Jail Inmate Programs Department, Probation (the county Community Corrections and Supervision Department) and Parkland Hospital’s Jail Mental Health Team. We also partner with a number of social service organizations that do various levels of in-reach into the jails. For over four years, therapists from the Family Place have facilitated regular classes for survivors of sexual abuse or victims of domestic violence. The Center for Child Abuse Prevention contributes a six weeks series to Resolana’s ongoing parenting classes and participants are eligible for their in-home mentoring program at release.

Resolana also has active partnerships with arts organizations like the Dallas Museum of Art, the Kesheth Dancers and La Reunion TX.

Resolana partners with SMU’s Human Rights Education Program, the Criminal Justice Department and the Communications Department at UNT, the School of Management and the Institute for Urban Policy Research at UTDallas, and is affiliated with the School of Social Work at UTArlington. Students in these programs continue to do a variety of service projects, research projects and internships with Resolana.

Resolana also refers women to an expanding network of community agencies who assist the women at reentry through its case management component.

Resolana  –  PO Box #225175  –  Dallas, Texas 75222  –  USA.   Email: contact@resolana.info

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