Re-entry Help

Connecting with a re-entry organization is one of the best steps you can take. Many re-entry organizations function as a one-stop shop where you can get job training/placement, clothing, a phone, help getting ID docs and low-cost bus passes, other resources, and referrals to other agencies. Re-entry organizations usually have staff who were formerly incarcerated and understand re-entry from personal experience.

If one organization isn’t right for you, try another one.  The more people you network with, the more help you’ll get. Don’t forget to ask for help from parole and re-entry specialists, or from probation offices.

COVID 19 UPDATE: ALMOST ALL OF THE ORGANIZATIONS LISTED BELOW ARE WORKING VIRTUALLY. CALL OR CHECK THEIR WEBSITES FOR CURRENT INFORMATION.

Re-entry Help

Connections Prison Ministry

Statewide

Connections Prison Ministry (CPM) is a faith-based nonprofit ministry with the ultimate purpose of sharing Jesus through relationships with individuals and their families who struggle with incarceration. As relationships are built, CPM offers assistance with resources for employment, transportation, housing, cellphones, clothing, food, basic household supplies, mentorship, counsel and connections to the local church. Incarcerated men and women in most Colorado prisons can request a “Connections Prison Ministry” application through the facility Chaplain’s office. Family members can also download and print a copy from their website and mail it to their incarcerated family member. Completed applications should be mailed to Connections Prison Ministry, PO Box 441174, Aurora, CO 80044.

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Defy Ventures Colorado

1644 Platte St, Ste. 400, Denver, CO 80202

Denver Metro

Denver

We think that after people serve their time, they’ve repaid their debt to society and should be given the chance to start fresh. However, the reality is far different because more often than not in the U.S., recidivism rates are far higher than anywhere else in the world, creating a vicious cycle of incarceration. Defy Colorado is committed to breaking this cycle. Our programs harness the innate entrepreneurial talents of people with criminal histories and redirect them toward the creation of legal businesses and careers. Defy Colorado has demonstrated the effectiveness of an “inside-out” solution to the problems of recidivism and mass incarceration, allowing Defy EITs to journey from their time in prison to economic independence. Providing rigorous employment readiness, character development and entrepreneurship training inside prisons as well as robust post-release services, including job placement, executive mentorship, startup incubation and pitch competitions. At this time, Defy Colorado only offers services to our program graduates. If you are a Defy graduate and released from prison, please contact us to learn more about the type of help we offer on the outside.

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Denver Dream Center

2839 W 44 Avenue, Denver CO 80211

Denver Metro

Denver

Denver Dream Center provides the THRIVE program, which is a re-entry ministry that helps men return to their community. They offer bible studies, and a number of other programs. For their clients, they provide help re-establishing family connections, help getting a job, and connections to health care. They also offer volunteer opportunities, character development classes, and a food, clothing and household item bank called Dream Closet. Their Families in Transition (FIT) program supports single moms.

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Doing His Time Prison Ministries

4045 Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 310, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Denver Metro

Wheat Ridge

Doing His Time Prison Ministry provides faith-based re-entry help for men and women coming out of incarceration. Their 72 Hour Fund provides people on probation or parole with clothes, boots, bus tokens, backpacks with hygiene items, ID document help, and job opportunities. Their Barn-a-Bus program provides low-cost/no-cost transportation for family members to get to and from correctional facilities. You can reserve a seat on the bus by calling the number listed. For all services, please call for an appointment. Walk-ins are okay, but appointments are preferred.

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Empowerment Program

1600 York Street, Denver CO 80206

WAGEES Women's Pilot Program for women living in the denver metro area

Denver Metro

Denver

WAGEES Programs provide re-entry services to people who have been, or are about to be, released from a correctional facility. Through this program, The Empowerment Program and Stout Street Health Center work together to provide medical, behavioral health, and vocational support services, free of charge. Current Re-Entry Services include case management, supportive services, integrative health services, medications, MAT Program, and healthcare. Within a month of your release, you may ask your DOC Case Manager to contact the WAGEES Women's Pilot Program, or you can call after your release. Use the numbers below.

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Empowerment Program

1600 York St, Denver CO 80206

Denver Metro

Denver

Empowerment Program provides education, employment assistance, health, housing referrals, and support services for women who are in disadvantaged positions due to incarceration, poverty, homelessness, HIV/AIDS infection, and/or involvement in the criminal justice system. Call to make an appointment for their orientation which is held every Wednesday at 1:30pm. All services are free. LGBTQ friendly. Safety, support, trauma-informed help, relapse prevention, peer educators: they're all at Empowerment. EP is also a WAGEES grant provider of re-entry services for women coming out of prison.

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Focus Reentry

4705 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80303

Denver Metro

Boulder

Focus Reentry provides mentors for men and women incarcerated in the Boulder County Jail before, during, and after their release and reentry into the community. Team 72 helps people with their critical needs during the first three days after release. Focus also provides a One Stop Shop for walk-ins at Harvest of Hope, but it is temporarily on pause due to the virus.

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Freedom Fellowship

PO Box 726, Fort Collins, CO 80522

Northeast

Fort Collins

Freedom Fellowship has a ministry that's been going into several prisons. They will help people returning to this area. You must leave a message at the number and they’ll call you back. Their counselor may be able to help you find resources, and they also offer Sunday afternoon services.

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Get On Your Feet

7009 South Potomac, Suite 110, Centennial CO 80112

Denver Metro

Centennial

Get On Your Feet is a nonprofit that provides many services for justice-involved people, including job readiness and job connections, mentorship, relationship building for family and friends of the incarcerated, housing assistance, and education workshops to get you ready for college. Call to learn more about their services.

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Hope House of Sterling

212 N. 3rd Street, Sterling CO 80751

Northeast

Sterling

Hope House of Sterling provides a safe and healthy haven for men, women, and families in northeast Colorado. Their Division Campus is for women and families and fully furnished. Their 3rd Street Campus is for single men and provides shared bedrooms with a shared kitchen and dining area. They are a WAGEES community partner and work with people coming out of DOC as well as with people on probation (and other situations on a case-by-case basis). Services include case management, connections to resources, classes, group therapy, faith-based services, life skills, and much more. You will need to fill out an application to be accepted. Call to learn more and to ask for an application.

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K. Project Freedom

Statewide

K. Project Freedom helps men and women coming out of prison. Their goal is to help as many people as they can to be successful after getting out. You can call them at any time of the day or night, and they will try to help. This is a new and small organization, but their heart is big, and they will try to help with what you need, including help finding a job, transportation, hygiene items, clothing, and much more. Founder Kalena Rodriguez says you can call her even if it's just to talk because you're afraid of relapsing.

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Life-Line

1212 Mariposa Street, Denver, CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

Life-Line works with people of all ages who struggle with substance abuse and/or are transitioning out of gangs or incarceration. They provide counseling, mentoring, case management, pro-social activities, life skills, resource connections, career exploration and job readiness training. Life-Line is a WAGEES grant provider of re-entry help for people coming out of prison. They specialize in programs that support fatherhood, gang disengagement, substance abuse, and aggression replacement.

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Loaves & Fishes Ministry

241 Justice Center Road, Canon City CO 81212

Southeast

Canon City

Loaves & Fishes Ministry in Fremont County provides a food pantry, clothing bank, emergency shelter, housing assistance, transportation, connections to medical and mental health care, and financial assistance. Loaves & Fishes is a WAGEES grant recipient and provides re-entry services for people leaving prison in Colorado.

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No More Locked Doors Ministries

Denver Metro

Denver

No More Locked Doors is a faith-based re-entry organization for women coming out of prison in the Denver area. They provide “joy” bags (bags filled with stuff women need upon release) and safe rides for the first 72 hours after release from prison, and after that they provide mentoring for a period of time. Check out the website for more information. You can call and make an appointment to connect to No More Locked Doors.

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Other Side Academy

2324 Federal Blvd., Unit #A, Denver CO 80211

Denver Metro

Denver

Other Side Academy is a new program to Colorado. They provide a 2-year residential self-help community for men and women who have hit rock bottom, usually from a lifetime of addiction and criminal behavior who want to learn a better way to live. The program provides free long-term residential housing and vocational training, education and basic life skills to former drug/alcohol abusers, homeless and others in a family-like community. Their goal is to help you gain the life skills you need to stay employed and return to society. Call, write, or walk in to get started.

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Saint Francis Center Employment Services

1400 N. Williams Street (inside Althea Center), Denver CO 80218

Denver Metro

Denver

Saint Francis Center Employment Services works with individuals who are currently experiencing homelessness and those that are currently or previously justice involved. They address barriers to employment, providing comprehensive case management and workforce development. They also offer a rapid re-housing program, direct support, and transportation assistance. Guests are welcome to utilize their full service computer lab. All resources are available to guests once they have completed a one time orientation, held every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 am. Please call to get started.

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Second Chance Center

9722 E 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80010

Denver Metro

Aurora

Second Chance Center provides formerly incarcerated people and their network with education, resources, and support to successfully re-enter the community and cultivate a rewarding life. Services provided include mentoring, cognitive restructuring, pre-release and post-release planning, housing connections, employment services, transportation, addiction counseling, relationship counseling, fitness training, food and clothing, and art therapy. COVID-19 UPDATE: As of June 2020, SCC staff are working staggered shifts. You'll find a list of SCC staff with phone numbers and email addresses on their Facebook page along with information about virtual meetings and more. If you are not already a client, call Sandra Larson at 720-297-6788 for an initial intake interview.

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Second Chances Denver

3500 South Logan Street, Englewood CO 80113

Denver Metro

Englewood

Second Chances Denver helps women coming out of jail and prison learn valuable job skills and receive life skills guidance and technology education from volunteer coaches and peer mentors in a safe community. Their focus area includes Englewood, Sheridan, Littleton, and western Centennial. To get started, you must call the number below or email Claire at claire@secondchancesdenver.org. Their focus is women, especially single mothers and grandmothers.

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Servicios de la Raza

200 South Sheridan Boulevard, Denver CO 80226

Denver Metro

Denver

Servicios de la Raza is a bilingual nonprofit that provides many different programs, including health enrollment; basic emergency services such as food and clothing, mental health program, HIV/Aids services, services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and an apprenticeship program for people wanting a job in the trades. Servicios is a WAGEES grant recipient and provides a re-entry program for people leaving prison in Colorado.

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Servicios de la Raza

3131 West 14th Avenue, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

Servicios de la Raza is a bilingual nonprofit that provides many different programs, including health enrollment; basic emergency services such as food and clothing, mental health program, HIV/Aids services, services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and an apprenticeship program for people wanting a job in the trades. Servicios is a WAGEES grant recipient and provides a re-entry program for people leaving prison in Colorado.

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Southeast Health Group WAGEES

711 Barnes Avenue, La Junta CO 81050

Southeast

La Junta

Southeast Health Group is a WAGEES grant provider of re-entry services. They cover six counties in southeast Colorado: Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Bent, Prowers, and Baca. Services include goal-setting, connections toward those goals such as employment, recovery, housing, ID documents, clothes, shoes and tools for work, education, and more. Call to make an appointment.

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Southern Colorado Criminal Justice Peer Navigator

Southeast, Southwest

The southern Colorado criminal resource navigator helps people in southern Colorado connect to resources and help in 12 counties, from Mineral to Prowers. You don't have to be justice-involved. She'll help any human being with anything. She has basic hygiene, family reunification, recovery and MAT services, employment, and many more connections. Call and leave a message and she'll get back to you within a day or two.

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The Don’t Look Back Center

14261 E 4th Avenue, Bldg 6 Suite 210, Aurora CO 80011

Denver Metro

Aurora

The Don't Look Back Center provides a number of different programs for disadvantaged women, including therapy for addiction and trauma, care management for client wellness and autonomy, a transgender outreach program, CCAR certified recovery coaches, acu-detox treatments, and DUI education and therapy. Women who've been in the justice system as well as transwomen are very welcome. The Don't Look Back Center also provides House of Rahab, a shared living program where women and transwomen may find a safe haven together. The house provides life skills classes and a 12 step program and costs $600 per month with a $125 administrative fee. Call to find out more about any of their services.

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The Pinon Project

210 E Main Street, Cortez CO 81321

Southwest

Cortez

The Pinon Project is a family resource center that provides help with family programs (parenting support, check and connect for youth, helping at-risk children, fatherhood programs, support group for parents with children with challenging behaviors and diagnosis, safe care for infant care, supervised visitation and emergency services for those facing eviction or a utility crisis). As a WAGEES grant recipient, they can refer you to help with finding a job, housing, education, peer group, and other programs in the area. COVID-19 UPDATE: They are providing support by phone and virtual classes. You may call for help with community resources.

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The Reentry Initiative (TRI)

402 Kimbark Street, 2nd floor, Longmont CO 80501

Denver Metro

Longmont

The Reentry Initiative (TRI) provides pre-release training and transitional planning inside Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. For women who complete TRI’s program, TRI provides transportation the day of release, help getting essentials the first 72 hours, and help connecting to reentry resources such as housing and employment. TRI provides housing to women graduating from their pre-release program at their 3-bedroom apartment in Longmont. TRI is also a recipient of the WAGEES Grant, which funds TRI’s Longmont Welcome Back Center located at 402 Kimbark on the second floor of Central Longmont Presbyterian Church. At this center, TRI serves both men and women referred by Longmont Parole. Call the number listed to make an appointment. Referrals may be made to Info@reentryinitiative.org.

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Transition from Jail to Community Collaborative (TJCC)

1391 Delaware Street, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

TJCC helps people released from Denver County Jail within 12 months connect to the resources they need, including mental health and substance abuse counseling, help getting a job, including regular job fairs, help getting ID documents, and help signing up for benefits. COVID-19 UPDATE: Call first. They are meeting with scheduled visits.

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