Reentry Programs and Services
American Job Centers Ex-offender Re-entry Workshop
141 Franklin Street
Stamford, CT 06905
American Job Centers offer job finding assistance to ex-offenders; American Job Centers in Bridgeport and Hartford also offer workshops for ex-offenders that are designed to assist them in their efforts to re-enter society and the workforce. Workshops focus on education and training; job search and networking techniques; resume preparation and job applications; effective job interviewing techniques; how to handle employer felony questions; and special employment programs for ex-offenders.
83 Lockwood Avenue
Stamford, CT 06902
Contact: Greg Brunson
Phone: (203) 295-9679
Invictus is a re-entry program for young men ages 18 to 25 returning back to the Stamford community from prison. We work with the young men while incarcerated for 6 months before they are released. Once released, these young people immediately begin Phase 2 of the program which consists of daily case management services and employment development skills. From there, in Phases 3 and 4 young men participate in internships, receive mentoring, and are supported as they obtain and maintain full time employment. In addition to these services, we help young people with concrete needs such as: transitioning from incarceration, obtaining all necessary documents for integrating into their community, and accessing community resources. The ultimate goal of Invictus is for our young men to successfully transition back to the community by obtaining and maintaining employment and avoiding recidivism.
Outside of Stamford
City of Bridgeport Mayor’s Initiative for Reentry Affairs
999 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
The Mayor’s Initiative for Reentry Affairs (MIRA) provides linkage to community resources and pertinent information for the empowerment of convicted persons. MIRA strives to foster a productive and supportive environment where persons convicted of offenses may thrive, prosper and contribute to the social, political, and economic development of self, family, and community. MIRA has a host of general reentry-based support for individuals in need of support that range include, but are not limited to: case management, legal services, internship and volunteer opportunities, and/or reentry mentoring support.
Dial 2-1-1 (Info-Line)
2-1-1 is a free community service administered by the United Way of Connecticut. By phone, you can reach a live customer service center that provides information on community resources from food to clothing & beyond. The online database includes a section listing “Community Reentry Services for Ex-Offenders.”
Family Re-Entry, Inc.
9 Mott Avenue, Suite #104
Norwalk, CT 06850
Fax: 203-866 9291
Family Re-Entry’s mission is to break cycles of violence, crime and incarceration by providing client-centered interventions and support services to empower and strengthen individuals, families, and communities. Family Re-Entry Services is helping individuals & their families make a successful transition from incarceration to community. Programs are facilitated in Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk & New Haven and services include:
- Individual & Family Therapy
- Relapse Prevention Support Group
- Anger Management
- Life Skills & Social Competency
- Transitions: Mentoring Youthful Offenders
- Parenting Education
- Domestic Violence Treatment & Family Violence Education
- Case Management & Referral Services
- Psychological Evaluation
- Children & Youth Services
- Youth Mentoring Home Based & School-Based
Proyecto Nueva Vida
1718 Capitol Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Proyecto Nueva Vida (PNV)is a unique collaboration among three Bridgeport agencies, CASA, Inc., OPTIMUS, Inc., and The Council’s CO-OP Center. This 13-year old collaborative provides culturally specific services to Latinos who have a criminal history, as well as substance abuse prevention needs and who have or are at risk of HIV infection. In addition, PNV holds a monthly Family Forum which provides an educational presentation for clients and their support person(s) within a meal setting. PNV Mentors also provide support services to PNV clients as well as give back to the community through educational and civic events. PNV is funded by the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and serves approximately 80 clients per year. Admission into the program is by referral.