What constitutes a holistic program to help the homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals successfully reintegrate into society? Along with proper housing, education, job training, and a network of qualified support, these adults and children must be equipped with the tools to overcome the traumatic stresses which fueled their descent into homelessness and which, if left unchecked, could send them back into relapse.
The David Lynch Foundation offers a re-entry program for the homeless: a practical, highly effective, humane program to reduce acute and chronic stress and stress-related disorders, decrease anxiety and depression, overcome addictions, and simultaneously develop the brain and creative potential of the individual for a healthy, productive, self-sufficient life.
Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural, effortless technique, easily learned by anyone, regardless of age, educational background, or walk of life. The technique produces a unique and profound state of rest and relaxation, which eliminates the buildup of acute stress, while also promoting healthy, coherent brain functioning—the basis for improved decision making, judgment, and impulse control. The technique does not involve any religion, philosophy, or change in lifestyle.
The program can be introduced into a wide range of settings and is taught and administered by specially qualified meditation teachers.
Funding Target: $75,000 a year for each specially trained teacher to provide an intensive 12-month program of individualized instruction and follow-up in Transcendental Meditation for 200 at-risk men and women in New York City. Total funding: $75,000.
Additional Funding Required: $63,000 for a first randomized controlled study on the effects of Transcendental Meditation on homeless veterans.
Children of the Night, founded by Dr. Lois Lee, is a private, non-profit shelter and school dedicated to rescuing children between the ages of 11 and 17 from prostitution, providing shelter, safety, re-education, and stress management.
Funding Target: $50,000 a year for one specially trained teacher to provide an intensive 12-month program of individualized instruction and follow-up in Transcendental Meditation for 100 at-risk teenage girls. Total funding: $50,000.
Effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on stress reduction, health, and employee development: A prospective study in two occupational settings. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 1993: 6, 245-262.