‘Life after Incarceration’ tips for success offered

Ex-offenders trying to get their lives together may discover it’s not quite as easy as they had hoped. Finding employment, dealing with a record, and reclaiming damaged relationships with loved ones are only the beginning.

To someone who has had no control over any aspect of his or her life, perhaps for years, the many problems and decisions to make can be overwhelming. Statistics show that of the ex-offenders who fail to successfully re-enter life, i.e. are re-arrested or become homeless, more than half will fail within the first six months. That’s not much time to turn one’s life around.

Now there is hope. Released to Freedom, a program of The Community @ Rockford First Assembly, is hosting a seminar called, “Life After Incarceration: How to Succeed on the Streets.” The seminar will help the ex-offender successfully re-enter society with topics such as Starting Over, Keys to Success, Finding Work, and the Released to Freedom Mentorship Program.

The seminar is set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, at The Community @ Rockford First Assembly, 5950 Spring Creek Rd., Rockford.

The seminar will feature a variety of speakers and resources, including chaplains, Prison Fellowship, employment representatives, local agencies such as Carpenter’s Place and Rescue Mission, and more. There is no cost to attend, and free refreshments will be provided during breaks.

The seminar is also open to businesses and community agencies interested in helping ex-offenders successfully re-enter society.

For more information, contact Tony Stratton at Released to Freedom, 815-298-2020.

From the March 28-April 3, 2007, issue

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