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ACTION Ohio, city of Youngstown plan resource fair for formerly incarcerated

Posted by: Gordon on 4/30/2014

Hope Conference flyerGamaliel Affiliate ACTION of Ohio is holding a Hope Conference May 15 to meet the needs of those with misdemeanors and felonies.

Last fall ACTION opened the Home for Good Re-Entry Resource Referral Center as a clearinghouse to help meet the needs of formerly incarcerated individuals for education, job training, housing, transportation, food, clothing, and counseling. An initial $15,000 grant from the Youngstown Foundation supports the center.

Home for Good aims to curb recidivism among the formerly incarcerated, who just "need someone to actually work with them,” Rose Carter, ACTION executive director told a Youngstown journalist recently. “There are a lot of great programs out there, but we saw where they needed to be steered to programs for their specific problems."

In keeping with that idea, the Hope Conference will bring together an array of community partners and agencies to provide returning citizens with relevant information and services in a one-stop shop environment, Carter says. Resources on offer will include informational sessions on significant issues to ex-offenders such as child support and motor vehicle reinstatement. The afternoon provides a resource job fair where attendees can obtain applications for employment and family services, as well as resources such as financial counseling and credit reports.

The Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 15 at Kilcawley Center at Youngstown State University. Information is available from Guy Burney, gburney@cityofyoungstownoh.com or homeforgood20@gmail.com. Download the flyer for the event here.

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