Empowering people on parole to overcome personal challenges, connect to resources, locate employment and secure housing.
The relationship between homelessness and incarceration is, all too often, cyclical: nationwide, about 15 percent of people in jail or prison report some history of homelessness, and anywhere from 25 to 50 percent of individuals in homeless shelters have a history of incarceration. Surviving and escaping homelessness is challenging in any context. But for people exiting prison, the challenges are only compounded: even absent of homelessness, individuals with criminal histories often struggle to find work, locate stable housing, access services and integrate into their surrounding communities.
In 2014, Colorado enacted House Bill 14-1355, establishing and designating funds to the Work and Gain Education & Employment Skills (WAGEES) project. WAGEES, a multi-pronged initiative designed to reduce recidivism rates among parolees, through expanded and targeted funding for community-based programs, increased cooperation between the Department of Corrections and increase cooperation between the Department community-based service providers Senate Bill 15-124, signed in 2015, directed additional resources to the project.
- SCHEDULE AN INTAKE APPOINTMENT
- HOW TO GET HELP – To qualify for the Re-Entry Program, you must:
- Be on Adult Parole Supervision in Larimer County OR recently (within the last 12 months) released from CDOC
- Be considered medium to high risk by the Department of Corrections
- Be motivated! While the Re-Entry Program can provide support, resources, and accountability; participant’s ultimate success must begin within themselves
- HOW WE CAN HELP – The program offers the opportunity for referred participants to access the following services and resources:
- Employment assistance
- Work clothing/tools
- Vocational training
- Substance Use Support
- Mentor Group
- Basic Needs Items
- Support Systems
- Family Reunification Support
- Housing Support/Retention
- Identification assistance
- Healthcare resource connections
- Mental Health resource connections