Category Archives: Re-entry

Kairos gives inmates a religious foundation for life on the outside

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Story by Lyndsey Schley

Kairos Prison Ministry is a volunteer group that uses Christian programming to teach inmates life lessons to help them become better members of the community.

Kairos is an international organization that has programs at 25 correctional institutions in the state of Ohio.

Prisoner involvement starts with a three and a half day weekend program and homemade cookies, Volunteer Ken Schley said.

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SCRN Works with Inmates to Help them Reenter Society

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Story by Lyndsey Schley

 

The United States has the highest incarcerated population in the world. About 2,200,000 people were incarcerated in the U.S. in 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Most of these people will eventually leave prisons or jails to return to society. In Summit County, the Summit County Reentry Network, or SCRN, aims to make this transition as smooth as possible.
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Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority and the University of Akron School of Law Awarded HUD Juvenile ReEntry Assistance Program Grant

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The Akron Metropolitan Housing (AMHA) and the University of Akron School of Law (Akron Law) have been awarded a $100,000 grant to help youth involved in the juvenile justice system find jobs and housing as they work to reintegrate into the community.

Eighteen grants have been awarded nationally (two in Ohio) to public housing agencies who partner with a non-profit legal service organization to provide legal service to juveniles.  The grants were made possible as part of $1.75 million directed by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice under the Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program.  “Reconnecting young people who’ve paid their debt to society to decent jobs and housing allows them to turn the page and become active, productive members of their communities,” said HUD secretary Julian Castro.  “These grants offer a helping hand to those who deserve a second chance so they have a real opportunity to reach their full potential.”

The grant will target public housing residents (up to age 24) who have a criminal record.  The University of Akron School of Law will hire an attorney to manage the program and a student assistant to gather and track data and manage law student volunteers.  AMHA will provide outreach, grant monitoring and grant reporting.

“AMHA is grateful for our partnership with the University of Akron School of Law” said Anthony O’Leary, AMHA’s Executive Director.  Legal services provided by the University will include juvenile and adult sealings, Certificates of Qualification for Employment (CQEs), child support modifications and driver’s license reinstatement.  “All of these remedies are targeted to assist youth with finding employment and affordable housing”, explained O’Leary.

For further information: akronhousing.org

Inner City Ministry Makes Courageous Move to Improve Neighborhood (Part 3)

 

 

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South Street Part Three

By: Katie Cassaro

Though the thought of working in ministry may seem like a dream, it can come with many unseen heartaches and disappointments.

Combine that with dealing with plenty of what you didn’t initially sign up for – such as administrative duties and other time-stealing tasks – and it’s easy to get overwhelmed and even discouraged.

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Inner City Ministry Makes Courageous Move to Improve Neighborhood PART 2

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By: Katie Cassaro

South Street Ministries (SSM) has come a long way since the last time we caught up with them.  Their building is hardly recognizable on the inside anymore, as they’ve remodeled it to house a community café and meeting space for recovering addicts, citizens being integrated back into society after jail/prison, or anyone just trying to stay out of trouble and improve their life.

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