REshape Minds is dedicated to reducing recidivism by working with incarcerated and previously incarcerated adults through personalized methods that help them successfully integrate into society.
The targeted population for REshape is adults who were previously incarcerated at any time in their life. REshape will assist with the following:
- Resume Building
- Identification cards
- Search for employment
- Search for housing
- Register as a sex offender
- Find Counseling
- Help with applying for state assistance (Medicaid, Food assistance, waivers, etc)
What is recidivism?
How often do individuals recidivate or reoffend?
What is REshape Minds doing to help?
“At the end of May 2014 my ex-husband was sentenced to 10 years to life in prison when I was 33 years old and my son was 6. I didn’t have a support system to help me navigate the emotions that come along with a loved one being sent to prison for what could be forever. I didn’t know [what] to tell my son.
My ex-husband was initially in a facility that did not offer the classes he is required to take to be released. It wasn’t until about 6 months ago, he was finally moved to a facility that does. He is now on the waiting list for this class but has been denied parole 2 times because he hasn’t taken the required class.
I write this today and share my story because I want others out there in these situations to know you are not alone. We have a kinship that some may not speak openly about but it’s there and I’m here if you need someone.”
– Shana S.
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Jamie Williams, MSW | She/Her
Jamie graduated with a master’s degree in social work in 2021 and has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from Metropolitan State University. She has broad experience including roles at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Adams County Human Services as well as volunteering as an advocate for CoNEHT.
Jamie founded this organization to reshape the minds of society regarding incarceration and incarcerated individuals. REshape is an acronym for Re-Sources, Re-Habilitate, Re-Act, Re-Prieve, and Re-Entry. The goal is to develop a supportive structure that empowers participants to integrate into society: turning bars into ladders.
“It is my goal and purpose to be the change that I want to see and to support those who deserve a second chance in life. I want to assist a population that has been overlooked for some time.”
Jose Lopez-Nava | He/Him
Jose graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and minor in psychology. He is currently attending the University of Colorado Denver and pursuing a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in local government with an anticipated graduation in May of 2022. Jose has notable experience working in the juvenile justice system supporting at-risk youth. He began working in the criminal justice system in 2016.
“I’m honored to be part of this organization because I want to make a change in the criminal justice system and help put an end to barriers and systemic racism.”
Jessica Highstreet | She/Her
Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in exceptional student education with an endorsement in teaching English language learners. She has over 10 years of experience including public and private education, as well as work skills training and resource management for adults with disabilities. She currently teaches middle school students with YESS Institute, a Denver-based nonprofit. She works to create inclusive, emotionally intelligent learning communities at Adams City Middle School. In her free time, Jessica enjoys writing poetry, singing karaoke, and spending time in nature.
“I’m passionate about removing systemic barriers and supporting currently and formerly incarcerated individuals to reach their personal goals because I’ve watched as loved ones struggled to re-enter society and find resources after periods of incarceration. My family has been affected by the lack of rehabilitative services in the criminal justice system, and I want to help fill that gap.”
Shonna Trujillo | She/Her
Shonna is a Colorado native from Arvada, Colorado. She is currently an account manager for a trust company. Leveraging her background in finance, Shonna serves on the board as the Treasurer and part of the finance committee for REshape. Shonna is passionate about serving others and has dedicated much of her time to volunteering with local organizations such as Denver Children’s Home, Helping Hands, Impact, and Urban Peak. With her love for helping others, she is dedicated to supporting the vision and mission of REshape.
“I am inspired to be a part of REshape and to assist those transitioning back into society because I have seen many loved ones scarred by incarceration. I am excited to continue to serve the community!”
Shelley Paiz | She/Her
Shelley Paiz is a Native of Colorado, raised in North Denver. Shelley has over 15 years of experience working with adolescents, adults, and individuals with past incarceration that have concerns with Substance Abuse, Anger Management, Trauma, Depression, and Anxiety. Shelley holds a license in the State of Colorado as a Certified Addiction Specialist and Marriage and Family Therapy. She has graduated with a Master’s in Marriage and Family from Regis University and a Bachelor’s from the University of Phoenix in Business Management. Shelley enjoys riding her motorcycle in her spare time and traveling the world. Shelley believes spirituality is an important aspect of recovery and has a passion to help others to get reconnected with their inner spirituality. She loves to educate others about health and wellness and the importance of proper self-care for a lasting recovery.
Kitsya Cordova Mosqueda | She/Her
Kitsya is a Colorado native. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Northern Colorado in criminal justice and criminology. Kitsya has been working in the criminal justice system since 2017 supporting rehabilitative programs. She has worked as an on-call victim’s advocate, an assistant researcher for nonprofit reentry groups, teacher’s assistant, and deputy probation officer. She is currently working at the Juvenile Assessment Center in Boulder County. In her free time, Kitsya likes to read, cook, and spend as much time as she can with her husband and children.
“I believe that people are people, and some just happen to have made mistakes. I think society should help individuals in a rehabilitative manner to help them be successful members of communities.”
Leticia Lomelí-Mendozaa | She/Her
Leticia graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in psychology. Leticia has been working in the criminal justice system since 2014. She is currently working at Denver SB94 Pre-Trial Release Program as a Lead Case Manager. In her free time, Leticia likes to read, work out, spend time with her family, and travel.
“I want to be part of the change in the criminal justice system, I want to fill the gap that has been overlooked. I’m thrilled to be part of this organization and ready to help our community.”
Gage Papierski, MSW | He/Him
Gage earned his master’s in social work in May 2021 where he focused on criminal justice restoration and reform. Gage has shown devotion to public service including work experience with Boulder Probation, the 20th judicial court, and Community Justice Services. He completed intakes for probationers and worked with individuals who have co-occurring psychotic and substance disorders through the Behavioral Health Assistance Program (BHAP). While working with the BHAP, Gage helped people experiencing homelessness on probation with resources and the re-entry process. Gage is currently in the process of getting his social work license and accruing more experience.
“I expect a lot out of this world, which means that I am not shy about changing it. Our current system is not working so we need to change it. I hope REshape can be that guiding light.”
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We are in the process of setting up a more robust donation system, but for right now, please feel free to use the Venmo donation link here. You do not have to have Venmo to use the donation system. You can use any major credit card.
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Thank you SO much for your support!