Thanks for your interest in LifeOr and Concord House. There are a few things we want you to know about us. Most important is this: when a lifer gets out, his work is just beginning. We believe that being found suitable is not the goal. Succeeding in society is your goal. While the work a lifer has done to be found eligible is important and has certainly transformed him emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually, it is just the beginning of the work necessary to succeed in society. At Concord House, we require an ongoing commitment to that effort. It is hard work.
Our mission is simple: we help with the basics so the lifer can focus on the work necessary to succeed. What he will ultimately need to succeed is a clear sense of self. If he is not willing to look at who he is at the core of his being, Concord House is not the place for him.
The modern world presents new challenges and opportunities. We are dedicated to providing emotional, spiritual, and intellectual support for our clients as they confront a new-world reality and to see our clients through the transition into the community.
The Founding Directors
We offer safe, secure, and comfortable housing and a supportive environment for parolees who have served life sentences. We do this by creating a community that values personal honesty, responsibility and accountability, self-awareness and self-management, and caring candor.
We believe men who are attracted to LifeOr and our housing and support programs will meet certain criteria. They will have used their time in prison to grow in maturity, sensitivity, sobriety, and insight through dedicated reflection, study, service, faith, and plain hard work. As a result, we believe these men have been transformed emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.
We believe the long-term offender’s work is not done. In fact, it is just beginning. The hard work continues at Concord House where transparency, accountability, and emotional discipline are among our core values.