District of Columbia ReEntry Programs

ReEntry Programs help ex-offenders and felons on probation get jobs, find housing and network with others who may be in a similar situation. Some Re-entry programs may also be associated with religious and spiritual organizations.

A reentry program may be run by a state government, a local nonprofit or even for profit entity and they vary widely in the assistance they can provide.

List of District of Columbia ReEntry Programs

District of Columbia Department of Corrections

The DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington, DC, freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality, that we commemorate every April 16, DC Emancipation Day.

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Catholic Charities – Archdiocese of Washington

Our goal is to help prevent returning citizens from falling back to previous mistakes by helping them find and follow a path to a new career. We do this by creating a support network centered around volunteer mentors who work closely with returning citizens. Together, we help overcome big and small obstacle on route to finding a job, a safe place to live, and a community of support.

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Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) today announced grants to help five cities continue their efforts to successfully re-integrate ex-offenders back into the community. The $1.2 million in grants was awarded to organizations in Boston, Detroit, Kansas City, Oakland, and Washington, D.C. under the Justice Department’s Value-Based Reentry Initiative (VBRI) grant program.

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Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency of the District of Columbia

The TIPS Program ensures that offenders transitioning directly to the community or through a halfway house receive assessment, counseling, and appropriate referrals for treatment and/or services. The TIPS Community Supervision Officers (CSOs) work with each offender to develop a transition plan while the offender resides in a halfway house under the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).

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D.C. Central Kitchen

We believe we will never feed our way out of hunger, because hunger is a symptom of the deeper problem of poverty. We believe in the transformative power of a job, and that everyone deserves the chance to share in the dignity of work while contributing to our community.

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National Directory of Programs for Women with Criminal Justice Involvement

The Welcome Home Re-Entry Program is a mentoring program for people being released from prison into Montgomery, Prince Georges and DC County. The program serves people of all faith and of no faith. Volunteer mentors are recruited from religious and civic organizations and are asked to commit for at least a year.

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The Reentry Network for Returning Citizens

The Reentry Network for Returning Citizens is dedicated to restoring the image of reentrants and improving the quality of life for the entire community.

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Voices for a Second Chance

Founded as Visitors’ Services Center in 1969, Voices for a Second Chance [VSC] has bridged the gap from incarceration to community for tens of thousands of men and women in the District of Columbia. We provide resources and tools for second chances.

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Women in New Directions (WIND)

Thrive DC works to prevent and end homelessness in Washington, DC by providing vulnerable people with a wide range of services to help stabilize their lives. We are a safety net for people experiencing homelessness, unemployment, housing instability, and food insecurity. With our help, our clients take the first steps toward independence and self-sufficiency.

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