Fulton County Job & Family Services Offers Offender Re-Entry Program

VR LOGO - WEBOctober 29th, 2014 (Wauseon, OH) Fulton County Job and Family Services is now offering an Offender Re-Entry program for persons who are released from incarceration as well as their family members and /or significant others.

“There are often barriers to success that people face when they are released from incarceration,” states LuAnn Stiriz, Fulton County Child Support Enforcement Agency Supervisor states. “We want to try to bridge a gap and eliminate these barriers by providing a ‘one-stop’ shop for re-entry into the workplace.” Stiriz states that their goal at the Fulton County Child Support Enforcement Agency is the financial support of children by eliminating these barriers, thus forming the Offender Re-Entry Program.

Some of the barriers that persons may face when they are released from incarceration are lack of transportation, financial difficulties, absence of a diploma, job seeking skills, and mental health and substance abuse. The Fulton County Child Support Enforcement Agency is working with area agencies and partners to help make this program successful.

“We are looking to our community to help us spread the word about this program”, states Linda Fisher, Offender Re-Entry Coordinator. “This program will connect participants with organizations to overcome barrier specific needs in a one-on-one open house setting.”

All sessions will be held in the first floor conference room in the Job and Family Services Detwiler Building located at 604 S. Shoop Ave. Sessions will be held from 11:00 a.m. thru 2:00 p.m. on November 17th and December 15th. Transportation is being offered to offenders. A 48 hour notice is required. For more details on the program, contact Linda Fisher at 419-337-0010, ext. 1842 or via email at linda.fisher@jfs.ohio.gov

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