Illinois 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 Illinois ReEntry Programs

City Of Chicago Reentry Program

You can find information on the current programming and resources targeted to providing services to individuals with a criminal background who have served their sentence and need a second chance.

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Reentry 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.

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Safer Foundation

Our mission is to support, through a full spectrum of services, the efforts of people with criminal records to become employed, law-abiding members of the community and as a result, reduce recidivism.

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Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

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.

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National HIRE Network

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.

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Re-Entry Employment Service Program

The Re-entry Employment Service Program (RESP) serves Illinoisans who are currently, or have in the past been, subject to any stage of the criminal justice process and who require assistance in overcoming barriers to employment resulting from a record of arrest or conviction.

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Illinois Department of Corrections

To serve justice in Illinois and increase public safety by promoting positive change in offender behavior, operating successful reentry programs, and reducing victimization.

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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.

We are passionate professionals who understand the challenges faced by the incarcerated, their loved ones, and their communities. Two of our founders have children who have been incarcerated for drug and alcohol issues. We understand first hand the challenges returning citizens face. We understand the principles of tough love, yet we also understand that nothing is more important to a successful re-entry than a helper who offers unconditional love, truth and dedication to the returnee in a Christ-like fashion. Our passion for 7-70 is a result of a lifetime of struggles and our sincere desire to use what we have learned to help others in transition.

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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. Provided below are links to citywide Services, News, Alerts, and other Supporting Information that may be useful for ex-offenders – provided by departments all across the City.

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Green Reentry

Support to formerly incarcerated individuals facing barriers to employment has been a cornerstone of IMAN’s work since its inception. Through Green ReEntry, IMAN provides transitional housing, life skills training, and workforce development in the field of green construction for formerly incarcerated men.

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Returning Sisters

Our mission is to empower cisgender and transgender women to take control of their own health and to live as fully and as productively as possible. CWAP provides prevention and treatment education, advocacy, therapy, and support for women at risk or living with HIV in the Chicago area.

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St Leonard’s House

St. Leonard’s House provides interim housing and supportive services for formerly incarcerated men returning to the community from Illinois prisons. 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.

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We help people overcome drug problems, other health conditions, and arrest histories. Through our advocacy and direct 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.

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Teamwork Englewood

The Re-Entry Resource Center serves the South Side of Chicago, but is headquartered in Englewood where the program began. Programs that support special needs populations find a willing partner in Teamwork Englewood.

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Thresholds’ groundbreaking Justice Program provides key transitional services to people with severe mental illness exiting Illinois’ Dwight and Dixon prisons and the Cook County Jail. Established in 1997, our program boasts more than a decade’s worth of data demonstrating that our services yield an 89% reduction in arrests, 86% reduction in jail time, and 76% reduction in hospitalizations.

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