What is Filthy Rags Outreach?
Filthy Rags Outreach is a grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit gang prevention & intervention outreach that started in prison. We focus on reducing gang and gun violence among the youth and young adults in our community and changing the culture in prison by targeting current and former gang members and those that come from the street life. We expose the false realities of the street and gang lifestyles and challenge the criminal and gang mentality to help shift and change their way of thinking and equip them with the skills, tools, and knowledge they need to break the cycle & make the difference in their communities.
What does "Filthy Rags" Mean?
The term Filthy Rags comes from the Bible verse Isaiah 64:6 which says, "...all our righteousness are as filthy rags, and our iniquities like the wind have taken us away."
Being former gang members who represented different color rags ourselves, we knew that people that come from that walk of life could identify with the rags, so we used the bandannas to target and attract the people that come from our walk of life with the hope of affecting change in their lives.
We take our lesson from one of the greatest evangelist that ever did it,
the Apostle Paul, who said, "I have become all things to all men,
that I might by all means save some."
We have been called us to reach out to gang members and those who come from the street life.
Filthy Rags Outreach provides job readiness services as well as re-entry fairs and programs inside and outside of the prison system.
We connect each participant with an Academic and Career counselor at local community colleges that work specifically with women and men coming out of the state's prison system to identify the career or education path they'd like to pursue and knock down any barriers in the way of obtaining an education or career.
We provide interview clothing, help with resume and cover letter writing, as well as do mock-interviews so our participants can be fully prepared for the workforce in the 21st century.
We actively advocate for our participants with D.O.C., probation, and Community Corrections officers.
RE-ENTRY CASE MANAGEMENT
Filthy Rags Outreach has developed a program to help our participants connect with resources, jobs, & trade schools to help you get back on their feet, be independent, and make a living wage.
In combination with our other programming, such as our peer-led meetings and our job-readiness workshops, our case managers work hard to overcome any barriers to independence and offer supportive services to our participants.
We offer wrap-around support to knock down any barriers to successful reintegration into society. We start with an assessment to determine what our participant's most critical needs are and help them connect with resources.
Each client is partnered with a peer mentor who will be there for them throughout their re-entry process. Our peers all have lived experience, which makes their stories and messages credible.
We have partnered with "Be a Friend Ministry to provide transitional housing for men coming out of prison. Our 1st transitional housing program opened on November 1st, 2021 with 6 beds. Be A Friend offers weekly house meetings and programming designed to create an atmosphere of healing and to help the individual overcome barriers to success.
Filthy Rags Outreach partnered with the Northwest's Premier Flagship shelter program, Aurora Oaks. Through a partnership with Lake City Partners Ending Homelessness, Filthy Rags Outreach has dedicated beds for men and women returning to society from incarceration, with supportive services built in to help obtain stabilizing documentation, jobs, counseling, and permanent housing. Filthy Rags Outreach works with its' participants Community Corrections Officers to ensure a smooth and successful transition back into society, while supporting basic needs.
(Radical Actions Guarantee Success)
Radical Actions Guarantee Success (R.A.G.S.) is a Filthy Rags Outreach youth program designed to reach at risk youth in our community through mentorship and the most influential medium in our culture... music.
From the birth of street gangs in our community, music has played a critical role in shaping the mentality and culture of the street and gang lifestyles. Filthy Rags Outreach aims to use the lyrics and lifestyles of the artists that the youth of this generation are inspired by and look up to, to teach critical lessons surrounding: gang and gun violence, Identity, Images and reputation, relationships, education, hustle, entrepreneurship, and legacy.
As music has always been the driving force shaping the culture of the streets and gang lifestyle, from the clothes worn, and the cars driven, to the mentality of the youth and their perception on life, we aim to use these same lyrics to influence and reshape the mentality of young adults to redirect their path toward a life of positive living.
MEETINGS AND MENTORSHIP
Filthy Rags Outreach holds peer group meetings “Breaking the Chains and Bridging the Gap” that are similar to the meetings that we hold inside the prison.
We actively create an atmosphere for healing, and challenge the criminal and gang mentality through exposing its false realities, lies, and the illusions we all bought into.
Our meetings are lead and facilitated by core members who know what it's like to be in the participants’ shoes and have first-hand knowledge, experience, and insight into the challenges they'll face in transitioning from the conditionings of the street lifestyle toward positive living.
Filthy Rags Outreach
PO Box 4811
Federal Way, WA 98063-4811
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Our strength is amplified with collective action, and you can help make a difference with FILTHY RAGS OUTREACH right now! The support we receive is a huge driver of the good work we do in addressing some of society’s most challenging problems. Get in touch today and join our community in making a lasting impact.
We are in need of volunteers to donate their time, as well as monetary sponsorship. Give us a call! We would LOVE to have you join us in making a lasting impact in our community!
How YOU can help Filthy Rags Outreach:
2) SPONSOR A MEETING - Each peer group meeting we put on costs around $100 dollars. These meetings are where at-risk youth and young adults come and share their experiences in a safe place with other youth and young adults to lean on for support. Our mentors teach them the tools they need to help jump start change in their lives.
3) SHARE OUR CONTENT - Like us on our social media pages and share our content with your friends. Post reviews on our social media and podcast platforms.
4) VOLUNTEER - We have a lot of tasks we need help with, both virtual and in-person:
Grant writing & research, website maintenance, social media, marketing, administrative, podcast editing, peer mentorship, networking, and more! Reach out to us!
5) SHARE YOUR STORY - Reach out! We can all learn from each other's past mistakes and mishaps. Share your story with FRO and help a young person shorten their own learning curve.
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6) DONATE - Filthy Rags Outreach has been primarily funded by our own board members. We have been plugging away for over 4 years without outside financial contributions; however, we would be able to do SO much more with some real financial backing. Donate once, or donate monthly. We are passionate about the work we do, and will honor your contribution by doing our best to make an impact in the lives of the at-risk youth and young adults in our communities.
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