Re-entry Help

Connecting with a re-entry organization is one of the best steps you can take. In fact, having the mindset to ask for help and being willing to do so is one of the reasons people don’t go back. Many re-entry organizations function as a one-stop shop where you can get job training/placement, clothing, a phone, help getting ID docs and low-cost bus passes, other resources, and referrals to other agencies.

Re-entry organizations usually have staff who were formerly incarcerated and understand re-entry from personal experience. Take time to look through remerg.com’s Re-entry list, make a few calls to ask about orientation times, and find a place that feels right for you. You may also want to visit several different agencies to take advantage of the different kinds of help. The more people you network with, the more help you’ll get.

Don’t forget to ask for help from parole and re-entry specialists, or from probation offices.

Re-entry Help

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Bridge House

2691 30th Street, Boulder CO 80301

Denver Metro

Boulder

Bridge House provides several programs, including Path to Home, Ready to Work, and Community Table Kitchen. Their programs are to help people experiencing homelessness and include basic needs as well and employment and housing. If you're in need of any of their services, you must complete a Coordinated Entry screening at the Path to Home Lodge and Navigation Center during the hours listed.

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Denver Dream Center

2839 W 44 Avenue, Denver CO 80211

Denver Metro

Denver

Denver Dream Center provides the THRIVE program, which is a re-entry ministry that helps men return to their community. They offer bible studies, and a number of other programs. For their clients, they provide help re-establishing family connections, help getting a job, and connections to health care. They also offer volunteer opportunities, character development classes, and a food, clothing and household item bank called Dream Closet. Their Families in Transition (FIT) program supports single moms.

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Doing His Time Prison Ministries

4045 Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 310, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Denver Metro

Wheat Ridge

Doing His Time Prison Ministry provides faith-based re-entry help for men and women coming out of incarceration. Their 72 Hour Fund provides people on probation or parole with clothes, boots, bus tokens, backpacks with hygiene items, ID document help, and job opportunities. Their Barn-a-Bus program provides low-cost/no-cost transportation for family members to get to and from correctional facilities. You can reserve a seat on the bus by calling the number listed. For all services, please call for an appointment. Walk-ins are okay, but appointments are preferred.

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Empowerment Program

1600 York St, Denver CO 80206

Denver Metro

Denver

Empowerment Program provides education, employment assistance, health, housing referrals, and support services for women who are in disadvantaged positions due to incarceration, poverty, homelessness, HIV/AIDS infection, and/or involvement in the criminal justice system. Call to make an appointment for their orientation which is held every Wednesday at 1:30pm. All services are free. LGBTQ friendly. Safety, support, trauma-informed help, relapse prevention, peer educators: they're all at Empowerment. EP is also a WAGEES grant provider of re-entry services for women coming out of prison.

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Focus Reentry

4705 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80303

Denver Metro

Boulder

Focus Reentry provides mentors for men and women incarcerated in the Boulder County Jail before, during, and after their release and reentry into the community. Team 72 helps people with their critical needs during the first three days after release. Focus also provides a One Stop Shop for walk-ins at Bridge House's Path to Home Tuesdays from noon to 2pm.

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Freedom Fellowship

PO Box 726, Fort Collins, CO 80522

Northeast

Fort Collins

Freedom Fellowship has a ministry that's been going into several prisons. They will help people returning to this area. You must leave a message at the number and they’ll call you back. Their counselor may be able to help you find resources, and they also offer Sunday afternoon services.

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Get On Your Feet

7009 South Potomac, Suite 110, Centennial CO 80112

Denver Metro

Centennial

Get On Your Feet is a nonprofit that provides many services for justice-involved people, including job readiness and job connections, mentorship, relationship building for family and friends of the incarcerated, housing assistance, and education workshops to get you ready for college. Call to learn more about their services.

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Hope House of Sterling

212 N. 3rd Street, Sterling CO 80751

Northeast

Sterling

Hope House of Sterling provides a safe and healthy haven for men, women, and families in northeast Colorado. Their Division Campus is for women and families and fully furnished. Their 3rd Street Campus is for single men and provides shared bedrooms with a shared kitchen and dining area. They are a WAGEES community partner and work with people coming out of DOC as well as with people on probation (and other situations on a case-by-case basis). Services include case management, connections to resources, classes, group therapy, faith-based services, life skills, and much more. You will need to fill out an application to be accepted. Call to learn more and to ask for an application.

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Life-Line

1212 Mariposa Street, Denver, CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

Life-Line works with people of all ages who struggle with substance abuse and/or are transitioning out of gangs or incarceration. They provide counseling, mentoring, case management, pro-social activities, life skills, resource connections, career exploration and job readiness training. Life-Line is a WAGEES grant provider of re-entry help for people coming out of prison. They specialize in programs that support fatherhood, gang disengagement, substance abuse, and aggression replacement.

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Loaves & Fishes Ministry

241 Justice Center Road, Canon City CO 81212

Southwest

Canon City

Loaves & Fishes Ministry in Fremont County provides a food pantry, clothing bank, emergency shelter, housing assistance, transportation, connections to medical and mental health care, and financial assistance. Loaves & Fishes is a WAGEES grant recipient and provides re-entry services for people leaving prison in Colorado.

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No More Locked Doors Ministries

Denver Metro

Denver

No More Locked Doors is a faith-based re-entry organization for women coming out of prison in the Denver area. They provide “joy” bags (bags filled with stuff women need upon release) and safe rides for the first 72 hours after release from prison, and after that they provide mentoring for a period of time. Check out the website for more information. You can call and make an appointment to connect to No More Locked Doors.

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Other Side Academy

2324 Federal Blvd., Unit #A, Denver CO 80211

Denver Metro

Denver

Other Side Academy is a new program to Colorado. They provide a 2-year residential self-help community for men and women who have hit rock bottom, usually from a lifetime of addiction and criminal behavior who want to learn a better way to live. The program provides free long-term residential housing and vocational training, education and basic life skills to former drug/alcohol abusers, homeless and others in a family-like community. Their goal is to help you gain the life skills you need to stay employed and return to society. Call, write, or walk in to get started.

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Second Chance Center

9722 E 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80010

Denver Metro

Aurora

Second Chance Center provides formerly incarcerated people and their network with education, resources, and support to successfully re-enter the community and cultivate a rewarding life. Services provided include mentoring, cognitive restructuring, pre-release and post-release planning, housing connections, employment services, transportation, addiction counseling, relationship counseling, fitness training, food and clothing, and art therapy. Call for orientation times, but you can also walk in. The SCC annex is located at 9360 E Colfax Avenue in Denver.

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Servicios de la Raza

3131 West 14th Avenue, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

Servicios de la Raza is a bilingual nonprofit that provides many different programs, including health enrollment; basic emergency services such as food and clothing, mental health program, HIV/Aids services, services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and an apprenticeship program for people wanting a job in the trades. Servicios is a WAGEES grant recipient and provides a re-entry program for people leaving prison in Colorado.

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Southeast Health Group WAGEES

711 Barnes Avenue, La Junta CO 81050

Southeast

La Junta

Southeast Health Group is a WAGEES grant provider of re-entry services. They cover six counties in southeast Colorado: Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Bent, Prowers, and Baca. Services include goal-setting, connections toward those goals such as employment, recovery, housing, ID documents, clothes, shoes and tools for work, education, and more. Call to make an appointment.

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Southern Colorado Criminal Justice Peer Navigator

Southeast, Southwest

The southern Colorado criminal resource navigator helps people in southern Colorado connect to resources and help in 12 counties, from Mineral to Prowers. You don't have to be justice-involved. She'll help any human being with anything. She has basic hygiene, family reunification, recovery and MAT services, employment, and many more connections. Call and leave a message and she'll get back to you within a day or two.

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St. Francis Center Employment Services

1630 E 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

Denver Metro

Denver

St. Francis Employment Center has a long history of helping formerly incarcerated men and women prepare resumes and job applications, prepare for job interviews, and connect to jobs. They're also able to connect you to healthcare (medical, mental health, dental, vision), food, child care and housing, work clothing, work boots, tools, and legal identification, financial management and life skills training.

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The Don’t Look Back Center

3000 S Jamaica Court, Suite 250, Aurora CO 80014

Denver Metro

Aurora

The Don't Look Back Center provides a number of different programs for disadvantaged women, including therapy for addiction and trauma, care management for client wellness and autonomy, a transgender outreach program, CCAR certified recovery coaches, acu-detox treatments, and DUI education and therapy. Women who've been in the justice system as well as transwomen are very welcome. The Don't Look Back Center also provides House of Rahab, a shared living program where women and transwomen may find a safe haven together. The house provides life skills classes and a 12 step program and costs $850 per month with a $125 administrative fee. Call to find out more about any of their services.

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The Reentry Initiative (TRI)

402 Kimbark Street, 2nd floor, Longmont CO 80501

Denver Metro

Longmont

The Reentry Initiative (TRI) provides pre-release training and transitional planning inside Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. For women who complete TRI’s program, TRI provides transportation the day of release, help getting essentials the first 72 hours, and help connecting to reentry resources such as housing and employment. TRI provides housing to women graduating from their pre-release program at their 3-bedroom apartment in Longmont. TRI is also a recipient of the WAGEES Grant, which funds TRI’s Longmont Welcome Back Center located at 402 Kimbark on the second floor of Central Longmont Presbyterian Church. At this center, TRI serves both men and women referred by Longmont Parole. Call the number listed to make an appointment. Referrals may be made to [email protected]

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Transition from Jail to Community Collaborative

1391 Delaware Street, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

TJCC helps people released from Denver County Jail within 12 months connect to the resources they need, including mental health and substance abuse counseling, help getting a job, including regular job fairs, help getting ID documents, and help signing up for benefits. Orientation is held daily: M-F at 2:30pm and Saturdays at 10am. Call or walk in for help.

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