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Illinois Department of Corrections: Department of corrections reentry program for the state of Illinois.


7-70 – 7-70 is a faith-based organization helping individuals make successful transitions to freedom. We assess each person’s unique needs and develop a custom plan then provide/connect individuals with the needed services and tools necessary to discover and fulfill their life’s purpose.

City of Chicago Ex-Offenders Program – Through the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services and the Mayor’s Ex-Offender Transitional Jobs Program ex-offenders can receive job-readiness training, subsidized work experience and supportive service.

Green Reentry –  IMAN’s Green ReEntry is a job training, housing, and leadership development program for young adults and returning citizens that helps to stabilize neighborhoods by converting vacant or abandoned houses into homes, and inspiring participants to become leaders in their communities. IMAN is a community organization that fosters health, wellness and healing in the inner-city by organizing for social change, cultivating the arts and operating a holistic health center.

LSSI – Serving Illinois since 1867, LSSI is a statewide, not-for-profit social service agency of the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). LSSI is the largest social service provider in the state, and last year served 73,000 people through 190 programs at 85 sites across Illinois. The organization provides critical programs for the state’s most vulnerable residents including foster care, adoption, mental health services, alcohol and drug treatment, affordable senior housing, residential programs for people with developmental disabilities, and programs that help formerly incarcerated individuals integrate back into society.

Master’s Touch Ministry – Shelter & Recovery for Men –The Master’s Touch Ministry is a Bible-based Christ-centered shelter and recovery program and job training for men to overcome troubled lives. We offer structured, long-term transitional living opportunities for ex-offenders enrolled in the program to successfully rebuild their lives including:

Shelter and Recovery, Spiritual Development, Self-Confrontation personal development, Biblically-Based Discipleship, Work Rehabilitation, Education and Training, Transitional Housing, Individual Mentor Relationships with Members of Local Churches. Food, clothing, and a physical fitness facility are also provided free of charge while residents seek employment.

For example, the new Wayside Cross new manufacturing lab provides participants with a pathway for employment after graduation with one of our corporate partners.

The program’s Phase Four residents who have found employment also have the added opportunity to work and save until they have the resources and support system in place to live a completely independent life.

The Masters Touch Ministry is a division of Wayside Cross Ministries, transforming lives for over 90 years.

Come see what Christ can do in your life.

National HIRE Network: Illinois – Established by the Legal Action Center in 2001, the National Helping Individuals with criminal records Re-enter through Employment (H.I.R.E.) Network is both a national clearinghouse for information and an advocate for policy change. It is one of several special projects at the Legal Action Center. The goal of the National H.I.R.E. Network is to increase the number and quality of job opportunities available to people with criminal records by changing public policies, employment practices and public opinion.

National Transitional Jobs Network programs assist ex-offenders in gaining permanent jobs. By working in a subsidized, transitional job for three to twelve months, they earn a paycheck, learn technical skills for higher wage jobs, become eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, and receive intensive mentoring and support. This transitional job is the first step toward permanent employment and economic opportunity.

Re-Entry Employment Service Program (RESP):is an employment program dedicated to the formerly in​carcerated or any individual with a criminal conviction​ who may need help finding employment. It provides multiple services such as: Individual assessments, Assistance with Illinois JobLink (IJL), providing job referrals, Job readiness workshop, Resume preparation and more.

Re-Entry Illinois: This site has been developed to assist persons formerly detained locate the services and housing necessary to develop alternatives to re-incarceration.  The site is designed to be a state resource and will include localized information whenever possible.

Returning Sisters:  The Returning Sisters project supports women returning from incarceration with an HIV prevention continuum of care that is grounded in mental health care and recovery support. For these women, the lack of access to comprehensive mental health and primary care prevents them from escaping the cycle of substance use, trauma and incarceration. The growing number of “mental health deserts” in low-income communities and continuing to incarcerate substance using women drives this destructive cycle. Our project will provide individual HIV services, testing and harm reduction support, within the context of providing individual mental health counseling, health navigation and individual recovery coaching.

Safer Foundation – Safer Foundation is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of services designed exclusively for people with criminal records. We focus on helping our clients secure and maintain jobs because we understand that employment offers the best chance at successful re-entry.

St Leonard’s House – Provides interim housing and supportive services for formerly incarcerated men returning to the community from Illinois prisons. Residents are as broadly diverse as the neighborhoods from which they come. Program participants come to St. Leonard’s House to find a safe environment in which they can develop skills to rebuild their lives and reshape their futures.

Target Area Development Corporation – It is our mission to help returning citizens to rejoin their community as a productive citizen. We offer services such as job readiness, conflict resolutions, educations assistance, housing and employment.

TASC – We help people overcome drug problems, other health conditions, and arrest histories. Through our advocacy and case management services, we show our clients that their past isn’t necessarily the path of their future, and that they can succeed in changing their lives. Throughout Illinois, we work with men, women, and youth who are involved in courts, prisons, public health, and child welfare systems. We connect these government systems to services in the community.

Teamwork Englewood – Teamwork was formed in 2003 as part of the New Communities Program, sponsored by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the MacArthur Foundation. Its goal is to unite the many organizations serving Englewood residents and work toward the common goal of building a stronger community.

Thresholds – Established in 1959, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing, and hope for thousands of persons with mental illnesses in Illinois each year. Through care, employment, advocacy, and housing, Thresholds assists and inspires people with mental illnesses to reclaim their lives. Thresholds is one of the oldest and largest providers of recovery services for persons with mental illnesses in Illinois. We reject the notion that anyone is a lost cause, utilizing evidence-based practices and a wide range of supports to treat the whole person, rather than just the disease.

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