Re-entry Services help former inmates get jobs

Re-entry Services for Returning Citizens

Re-entry Services for Returning Citizens is a multi-faceted program that supports people released from prison—returning citizens—as they transition back into the community. Re-entry Services connect returning citizens to needed supportive assistance and helps them successfully adjust to living back in their community. All of the core components are designed to provide transitioning individuals with job knowledge and experience, a support system, and a stable life.

Returning citizens meet regularly with an outreach worker to create an Individualized Capacity Plan for their future. All life needs are addressed, including employment, education, housing, personal needs, and family relations.

A 23-day, computer-based program, the ESS curriculum was developed by LSSI in collaboration with Southern Illinois University Work Force Development. Especially designed for returning citizens, ESS has a teacher student ratio of 1:3 and covers all aspects of employment training, from resume writing to interview skills.

Working with churches and community organizations, returning citizens plant, maintain, and harvest community gardens. The harvest helps to feed their families and other families in need through local feeding programs.

Churches are invited to help returning citizens by providing:

  • Hygiene kits
  • In-kind donations as needed
  • Meeting space
  • Individual support

On request, LSSI provides training for congregations interested in helping their own loved ones who are incarcerated and expanding their ministry to returning citizens in their area.

For more information on Re-entry Services for Returning Citizens, please call 618.997.9076618.997.9076.