STR8 UP provides a variety of services to our members in order to assist individuals in achieving their personal goals.
STR8 UP Membership
For STR8 UP members, gangs offered a sense of belonging and protection, and were a means to power, money, and respect. However, gang life also came with a price – the loss of friends or family members, estrangement from children and years of living an exhausting, violent and dysfunctional life. Today STR8 UP members support each other in building the lives they want to lead. Together, they work toward creating a world where they feel loved and respected and contribute positively to their community.
Services we offer
- Sharing Circles
- Addiction Supports
- Housing Supports
- Recreational opportunities
- Job opportunities
- Life skills
- Educational support
STR8 UP Circles are an integral part of the healing journey for our members. These circles are held with Members both inside correctional facilities and also in the community.
STR8 UP offers a weekly Addictions Group, Educational Material developed specifically for ex-gang members. Supports members and participants to access inpatient and outpatient treatment, counseling and other addictions support in the community.
STR8 UP offers a Transitional Housing Program to support justice involved individuals who are reintegrating into the community after incarceration.
STR8 UP offers programming every night Mon to Fri and also offers family friendly activities twice a month to support our members and participants who are working towards building healthy and positive family relationships.
STR8 UP offers one-on-one job readiness support and skills building, job coaching and financial literacy support to our members and participants.
Members and Participants are able to develop healthy life skills in all of our programs as part of their journey towards becoming responsible citizens.
STR8 UP has dedicated Education Support Workers who offer Study & Supper twice a week for those that want to drop in for a hot meal and some homework help. They also support members and participants with literacy skills, school applications, and making decisions around furthering their education and career goals.
Member Story: Network of support
“STR8 UP was the only community service that never gave up on me. If I was at rock bottom or soaring to heights I never thought imaginable, they walked beside me. They wrapped me in services for my mental health, addictions, employment support, professional development, and personal healing. STR8 UP became my forever family“
If you are looking for support to transform your life and start your healing journey or would like to know more about what we do please call us at (306) 244-1771.