The Rainbow Lodge Program is a not-for-profit organisation conducted by the Board of the Judge Rainbow Memorial Fund Inc. We provide transitional housing and a range of community support services for men as they re-enter the community after a period of incarceration.
Our Patron is Lynn Rainbow AM who is the daughter of Judge Alfred Rainbow, the inspiration for the Rainbow Lodge Program.
A fresh start for men leaving custody. Support to access opportunities to live a healthy, happy and fulfilling life.
The Rainbow Lodge Program works alongside NSW Corrective Services.
The men who undertake our Program are assessed as having complex needs. To give them every chance at success, we aim to provide a responsive, intensive and supportive service that helps our men successfully recover, rehabilitate, and reintegrate into the community.
The Rainbow Lodge Program consists of two phases: residential and outreach. During the residential phase, residents live on-site in a self-contained house for a maximum of 12 weeks. Only eight places are available at any one time and these are in high demand. During the outreach phase, ex-residents are supported for up to a further 24 months while living in the community.
We operate from a position where our clients deserve to be treated with dignity and respect in their journey to be responsible community members. What does this mean in practice? We persevere. We encourage personal growth and responsibility. We are open, flexible and transparent. We provide quality programs, services, and advocacy. Our approach is to use evidence based, and client centred, harm minimisation/reduction strategies that help our men to manage the enormous challenges in their lives following release from prison
Assessed at high risk for recidivism, all of our residents have multiple needs. We offer accommodation to those who would otherwise be homeless. Nearly all have addiction problems with alcohol and other drugs as well as a range of mental health issues. Many have disabilities and impairments. Most have limited connections to their families and the broader community. All have unresolved trauma from past events in their lives. Many have spent most of their lives in juvenile detention and adult custodial facilities. Aboriginal men are disproportionally represented in jails and we subsequently use inclusivity principles to include them in our service. We also cater for residents from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds..
Your support and contributions will enable us to support the needs of our clients all of whom have recently left custody to homelessness.