Free Resources to Champion a Smooth Reentry

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Returning to the community after incarceration presents a unique set of challenges for individuals as well as their loved ones. It’s a time of both hope and uncertainty, requiring dedication, support, and access to the right resources.

Whether you are facing reentry directly or supporting a loved one, knowing where and how to find available resources is crucial. Accessing resources in a timely manner can assist with various aspects of the reentry journey, promoting successful integration back into society.

Fortunately, numerous free resources exist right here on GEO Reentry Connect to help you in your reentry journey as well as your family and friends.

First, Understand Your Needs

Before delving into resources, it is important to acknowledge the unique needs of all involved:

  • Individuals in reentry: You may require assistance with housing, employment, healthcare, education, and social support. Additionally, mental, and emotional well-being resources are crucial for navigating the challenges and uncertainties of reintegration. Use our Get Started workbook to identify your needs and make an actionable plan to meet them.
  • Supportive network: Family, friends, and other allies may need their own support systems, such as support groups, counseling services, and educational resources to understand the reentry process and offer informed and helpful support.

Find Free Resources to Meet Your Needs

A wealth of free resources is available to both individuals in reentry and their support system.

  • Health insurance: Parks Insurance Agency offers free health insurance for individuals post-release. Steps to apply for free insurance through the G.I.F.T. program are provided on this page.

    For more information, click here.

  • Free tips, guides, and worksheets: We offer a wide range of valuable resources tailored for individuals formerly incarcerated. You can access guides, tips, worksheets, templates, workbooks, videos, articles, and various resources covering digital literacy, education, employment, financial assistance, housing support, legal, mental health and wellness, mentorship, personal identification, relationship building, substance use support, second chance stories, and overall support system resources.

    View, print, or download free resources here.

  • Employment resources: Our site offers a comprehensive workbook for individuals seeking employment post-release. Plus, you can access Honest Jobs online job search tool, tailored to provide job matches for individuals with records. The tool ensures precise and relevant job matches by considering your skills and background.

    For more information, visit the employment page here.

  • Mentor programs: Individuals can participate in our mentor program to find guidance and support. Our mentors have firsthand experience with incarceration and the reentry process, and they can offer ongoing guidance and support to help you through challenges and celebrate your progress.

    Click here to find a mentor or apply to become a mentor.

  • Educational resources: Whether you are looking to get your high school equivalency diploma or need to develop skills for employment, we have information here to help you achieve your goals.

    For more information, visit our employment page here.

Additional Tips

  • Stay connected: Regular communication with supportive people in your life, whether in person, by phone, or video call, is beneficial for both individuals in reentry and their support systems. Maintaining open communication fosters understanding, strengthens bonds, and celebrates progress.
  • Educate yourself: Become familiar with the reentry process, available resources, and the potential challenges to empower yourself to navigate the journey effectively. Knowledge fosters informed decision-making and a sense of control over the reentry process.
  • Set realistic goals: Reintegration takes time and effort. Set realistic goals, focus on progress, and celebrate small milestones—it can help keep the journey positive and promote continued motivation.
  • Advocate for your rights: Individuals in reentry have rights and deserve fair treatment. Understand these rights and advocate for access to appropriate resources, such as healthcare, educational opportunities, and fair employment practices. Legal aid organizations can offer guidance and support in this area.
  • Seek support: Don’t neglect your well-being. Whether you’re directly facing reentry or supporting a loved one, utilizing available resources like support groups, counseling services, or therapy is crucial for managing the emotional challenges and maintaining your strength throughout the process.

Move Forward with Confidence

With dedication, understanding, and the right resources, you can build a fulfilling and successful life after incarceration. You are not alone, and one of the first steps in moving forward is knowing where to find help. Start today by equipping yourself with the free resources on our site.

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