Jewish Incarcerated Family Services is committed to ensuring that individuals who have experienced incarceration have the necessary support and resources to successfully reintegrate into society. We understand that the transition from prison back to the community can be daunting and challenging, often leading to a cycle of recidivism without proper assistance. Through our comprehensive re-entry services, we aim to break this cycle and promote positive outcomes for formerly incarcerated individuals.

One of the key components of our re-entry services is pre-release planning. We work closely with individuals who are nearing their release date to develop personalized re-entry plans that address their specific needs and goals. These plans take into account factors such as housing, employment, education, healthcare, and community support systems. By proactively addressing these areas, we aim to provide a solid foundation for a successful reintegration process.

We collaborate with local organizations, employers, and educational institutions to create opportunities for employment and vocational training. Our job readiness programs equip individuals with the skills and resources needed to secure and maintain meaningful employment. We offer resume-building assistance, interview preparation sessions, and job placement assistance, connecting individuals with employers who are open to hiring those with a criminal record. By facilitating access to employment, we empower individuals to support themselves and their families, reducing the likelihood of recidivism.

Another essential aspect of our re-entry services is counseling and mentoring. We offer individual and group counseling to support individuals in addressing the emotional, psychological, and social challenges they may face during the reintegration process. Our mentors provide guidance, encouragement, and practical advice based on their own experiences of successful re-entry. By fostering a supportive and understanding environment, we help individuals build resilience, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and maintain positive relationships.

Access to stable and affordable housing is critical for successful re-entry. We assist individuals in finding suitable housing options and collaborate with local housing agencies and landlords to create housing opportunities specifically for formerly incarcerated individuals. Additionally, we provide support in navigating the process of securing identification documents, accessing healthcare services, and enrolling in public benefits to ensure a smooth transition into the community.

To foster a sense of community and belonging, we facilitate peer support groups for individuals who have recently been released from incarceration. These groups provide a safe space for participants to share their experiences, discuss challenges, and celebrate successes. By connecting individuals with others who have gone through similar experiences, we reduce feelings of isolation and provide a network of support during the re-entry journey.

At Jewish Incarcerated Family Services, we believe in the inherent potential for growth and change within each individual. Our re-entry services are founded on the principles of compassion, dignity, and second chances. We work tirelessly to advocate for fair and just policies that remove barriers to successful reintegration and promote systemic change.

Through our holistic approach to re-entry, we strive to empower individuals to break free from the cycle of incarceration and build a brighter future. By providing comprehensive support, resources, and opportunities, we aim to promote long-term success, reduce recidivism rates, and create a more inclusive and compassionate society.

Join us in our mission to support individuals as they navigate the challenges of re-entry, giving them the tools and support they need to rebuild their lives and contribute positively to their communities. Together, we can break down barriers, transform lives, and create a more just and equitable society for all.