Ralph Willams is the esteemed founder of The Nehemiah Project DC. His work in the community with returning citizens led him to define a process to find transitional housing and re-entry services for returning citizens.
Founded in 2019, The Nehemiah Project DC is a 501(c)3 organized exclusively as a charitable and educational organization to help men transition to society following a jail or prison sentence. Our goal is to provide returning citizens and their loved ones with resources to promote successful reentry and reintegration into the community.
Ralph has over 20 years experience working with populations of returning citizens in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas. He believes that it is critical to understand the challenges of returning citizens and their families in order to clear a path for the returning citizen to thrive post release.
The Nehemiah Project DC believes in transformation by the renewing of the mind. This transformation is evidenced by a regenerated mindset that produces successful outcomes. TNPDC's values are integrity, duty, resilience, forgiveness, advancement and inclusion.
“A paradigm shift is a major change in the concepts and practices of how something works, or is accomplished.” In this case, we are talking about the way a person thinks and lives, as well as their world views. This paradigm shift in thinking, living, and world views should occur at least four times; twice before the age of 25; and twice after it. In some cases, this shift doesn’t occur without the help of a “change agent”.
We present to you that change agent: THE NEHEMIAH PROJECT DC! A person becomes a difference maker when they learn that what they put into the world is far more important than what they get out of it!
The Nehemiah Project DC mission is to provide or assist returning citizens (RCs), veterans, and those in recovery to obtaining the treatment and support necessary for leading a healthy and productive life. Nehemiah provides a safe and structured living environment, access to health care and social services, and links RCs to opportunities that can lead to a return to individual dignity and self-sufficiency—free from the depravity of homelessness, addiction, isolation, and debilitating mental health disorders.
The Nehemiah Project DC shall provide community based transitional residential care, and treatment/rehabilitative services to returning citizens who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Every year over 700,000 individuals are released from our nation’s jails and prisons. These men and women are returning daily to our towns and communities, and the number of them who return to a life of crime and additional prison time continues to rise. TNPDC is an integral part of the DMV’s effort to achieve and preserve public safety. This will be achieved by reducing recidivism rates and promoting the successful reintegration of returning citizens into their families and our communities. TNPDC in collaboration with strategic alliances is engaged in efforts both inside and outside prison walls to promote public safety by assisting these men and women in managing a successful reentry into society.