Re Entry Council feb 2018 meeting flyer
The WV Council of Churches is forming Community Reentry Councils across the state of WV to collaborate with partners in addressing key community issues facing the state, counties, and local areas and implementing a collaborative reentry approach for ex-offenders unique in its integration of human services and public safety. Councils bring together human services, public safety and other public agencies along with private agencies, non-profits, law enforcement, the courts, businesses, community-based service providers and faith-based organizations.

Join us for this informational session as we help identify and eliminate critical barriers to successful reentry for ex-offenders. Addressing issues such as housing, employment, substance abuse, behavioral health, family services, food assistance, etc. Hear about the success of the first Reentry Council formed in Kanawha County.

The Event will be held, Monday, February 26 at 10:00am at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center & Allied Health Wing Room W19, 300 University Drive, Beaver WV 25813

For additional info: 606-923-8872

Reentry Councils of West Virginia

The purpose of the West Virginia Council of Churches forming Reentry Councils, across the State of West Virginia, is to collaborate with partners in addressing key community issues facing the state, counties and local areas and implementing a collaborative reentry approach unique in its integration of human services and public safety.

In participating localities, Councils bring together human services, public safety and other public agencies along with private agencies, non-profits, law enforcement, the courts, businesses, community-based service providers and faith-based organizations to collaborate, in partnership, to start identifying barriers to successful reentry and key indicators of recidivism.

Community Reentry Councils address reentry and other relevant community issues such as housing, employment, behavioral health, substance abuse, family services, mentoring, benefits and food assistance. They identify community assets and service gaps and they focus on reentry by addressing reentry barriers and coordinating reentry related services and resources.

Reentry Councils also maximize effective use of existing resources. They do not impose any requirements on institutions or on local government agencies or their community partners. Rather, councils are individuals, agencies and organizations coming together to address community needs through effective collaboration.

The goals of the reentry approach, implemented through local Reentry Councils, are to increase public safety through reduced recidivism; maximize opportunities for former offenders returning to the community; and support family and community reintegration for persons previously incarcerated.

This reentry collaboration approach is developed around four primary principles: pre-release planning, interagency coordination, integrated service delivery and support of family and community reintegration, including development of positive links to the community.

Local Reentry Councils place emphasis on adoption of evidence-based programming by community service providers, on access to employment and workforce development services, on reentry coaches and mentors to support responsible decision making, on development of positive work habits, on formation of healthy relationships and on use of positive parenting practices.

Reentry Councils allow communities across West Virginia to address geographic specific issues, needs and assets in a planned and coordinated way. They also address reentry issues and barriers using a common vision based on shared principles and a collaborative community-based reentry approach.

The West Virginia Council of Churches is proud to take a leadership role in the initiation and formation of these councils.  This successful approach and been taken by other states for several years and has opened the dialogue to form a better understanding of the multiple barriers faced by those returning to the community from prisons, from homelessness, from drug treatment facilities and even from the military.  Our hope is that you will join us as a collaborative partner in this effort to begin breaking barriers and building better communities across the state.

For further information, please contact:           Beverly Sharp, West Virginia Council of Churches – Reentry Councils                                                      wvreentrycouncils@gmail.com      (606) 923-8872

For additional information, visit our Facebook Page for Kanawha Reentry Council:

https://www.facebook.com/KanawhaReentryCouncil/