Founded in 2019, The Nehemiah Project is a 501(c)3 organized exclusively as a charitable and educational organization to help men and women 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.

You Have The Power To Save Returning Citizens

The Founder


Ralph Williams

Ralph Willams is the esteemed founder of the Nehemiah Project. His work in the community with returning citizens led him to define a process to find transitional housing and reentry services for returning citizens. 

Ralph has over 30 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 and of returning citizens and their families in order to clear a path for the returning citizen to thrive post release. 

The Success Story

Randall is a great success story. He exemplifies the outcomes waiting for a man who has the benefit of being serviced by The Nehemiah Project. Randall went to prison as a 21-year-old man. He re-entered society 14 years later at the age of 35. Randall felt like life had passed him by. The rejection he experienced on a regular basis reinforced that belief. Many thought he wasn’t worth being helped.  

Even more people, and Randall himself, felt like he didn’t deserve the time and effort needed to resurrect a life that was for all intents and purposes dead. To his surprise, Randall found himself in the presence of a team of people who had a penchant for seeking out people in Randall’s condition. The rest is history.

Today (17 years later) Randall has a beautiful wife, two teenage sons, and a $550,000.00 dollar home. His wife works in cybersecurity and he is a supervisor in a government agency. Randall is just one of a number of men with similar stories who received the type of support and wraparound services offered by The Nehemiah Project.


The Nehemiah Project shall provide community based transitional residential care, treatment and rehabilitative services to returning citizens (RCs) with severe mental illness that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.


The Nehemiah Project’s mission is to provide or assist RCs, veterans, and those in recovery to obtaining the treatment and support necessary for leading 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 and alcoholism, and active mental health disorders.


  • Integrity
  • Duty
  • Resilience
  • Forgiveness
  • Advancement
  • Inclusion

Our Services

Learning And Resources

Giving RCs a fighting chance at a normal life after incarceration.


Guidance received from those who have been through the process of returning.

A Safe Place

A home where they can take a moment and rest their heads and get ready to begin life again.

Self Reflection

Find a path to a happy, healthier life and better choices.