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.

The Re-Entry program empowers people on parole to overcome personal challenges, connect to resources, locate employment and secure housing.

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.

 

  • HOW TO GET HELP

To qualify for the Re-Entry Program, you must:

    • be on Adult Parole Supervision in Larimer County and considered by Department of Corrections (DOC) to be medium or high risk
    • be referred by your DOC Community Re-Entry Specialist or your Community Parole Officer
    • 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
    • Education
    • Vocational training
    • Substance Use Support
    • Mentor Group
    • Transportation
    • Basic Needs Items
    • Support Systems
    • Family Reunification Support
    • Housing Support/Retention
    • Identification assistance
    • Healthcare resource connections
    • Mental Health resource connections