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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Six Ways of Helping! Join Family ReEntry in Helping Children and Youth to Thive

Six Ways of Helping!

   

Join Family ReEntry in helping children and youth to thrive!

Join Family Reentry in helping vulnerable children and teens achieve their potential. Help Family ReEntry to continue services for children and youth impacted by family violence and parental incarceration.

There are many ways to help!

 

Become a Volunteer Mentor

Click below to get started

 

Annual Fund

Help support a year of mentoring for a vulnerable child/teen

$2,600 1x Donation

 

Help to Fund a Mentor Match

Help support monthly mentoring for a vulnerable child/teen

$200 MONTHLY Donation

 

Help to Fund a Mentor Match

Help support weekly mentoring for a vulnerable child/teen

$50 WEEKLY Donation

 

Enrichment Event Sponsorship

Sponsor a group enrichment event for youth & mentors

 

Back-to-School Supplies

Donate to our back-to-school supplies collection
 
 



Family ReEntry’s mission is to develop, implement, and share sustainable, cost-effective solutions for the unprecedented numbers of people involved in the criminal justice system, which empower individuals, strengthen families, and build communities.

For more info please visit our website at familyreentry.org and you can follow us onFacebook and Twitter. All proceeds go to supporting these valuable programs.
Family ReEntry, Inc. | jeffgrant@familyreentry.org | 501(c)3 Organization | 203-290-0865
Norwalk Office:
9 Mott Avenue, Suite 104
Norwalk CT 06850
(203) 838-0496

New Haven Office:
50 Fitch Street, Suite 202
New Haven, CT 06515
(203) 361-9166

Additional Program Locations:
Stamford
Waterbury
Derby
New London
Norwich

(203) 576-6924

Norwalk Office:
9 Mott Avenue, Suite 104
Norwalk CT 06850
(203) 838-0496

New Haven Office:
50 Fitch Street, Suite 202
New Haven, CT 06515
(203) 361-9166

Additional Program Locations:
Stamford
Waterbury
Derby
New London

Join Family ReEntry in Helping Children and Youth to Thrive





Join Family ReEntry in helping children and youth to thrive!
Did you know that children and teens that have positive adult connections outside their family fare better off emotionally, socially, and academically?

Research has shown that healthy relationships with adults can facilitate positive youth development and reduce the likelihood of negative behaviors including delinquency and anti-social behaviors.

For the last 15 years, Family ReEntry has provided mentoring support with a focus on prevention and intervention to help vulnerable children and youth who are impacted by crime, violence, and incarceration. In this last year, Family ReEntry has demonstrated positive outcomes for more than 100 children by providing one-to-one mentoring support and case management services. Mentors are volunteers who are able to build caring connections with children and teens, helping to encourage healthy behaviors, enhancing social & problem solving skills, and teaching effective strategies for coping with stress. Children who feel they are supported will have better outcomes; and mentoring is a proven strategy that has demonstrated positive gains for children and youth at-risk.
Through Family ReEntry’s work, we have seen the following outcomes for children and youth:
Approximately 70% of youth matched with a mentor reduced their engagement in risky behaviors such as truancy; use of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs; fighting; and delinquency.
95% of youth surveyed reported experiencing a strong relational connection to their mentor.
As a result of mentoring, children and youth also demonstrated increased ability to problem-solve, demonstrated greater ability to control strong (negative) emotions, and worried less overall.
As a new school year approaches, FRE is looking to you and the community at-large for support to improve lives of less fortunate children and youth.
Be a force of change: become a volunteer mentor; help to fund a mentor match ($2600 annually/ $200 monthly/ $50 per week); sponsor a group enrichment event for youth & mentors; or donate to our Back to School Supplies Collection.

Your help today will make a direct difference to a child or teen who is facing multiple obstacles to success and achievement. Take action today to help Family ReEntry’s children have a better tomorrow.
Family ReEntry’s mission is to develop, implement, and share sustainable, cost-effective solutions for the unprecedented numbers of people involved in the criminal justice system, which empower individuals, strengthen families, and build communities.

For more info please visit our website at familyreentry.org and you can follow us onFacebook and Twitter. All proceeds go to supporting these valuable programs.
Family ReEntry, Inc. | jeffgrant@familyreentry.org | 501(c)3 Organization | 203-290-0865

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stand with Charlottesville: Vigil for Charlotesville and Against Hate, Sun. Aug. 13th, 6 pm, McLevy Green, Bridgeport, CT



Stand with Charlottesville
Connecticut
#StandingUpforJustice
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We are Attending this Vigil in Solidarity 

Sunday, August 13, 2017, 6 pm
McLevy Green, 
177 State Street
Bridgeport, Connecticut 


Friday, August 4, 2017

Hartford Courant: Connecticut Budget Impasse is a Public Safety Risk




Connecticut Budget Impasse is a Public Safety Risk

Letter to the Editor reprinted from the  Hartford Courant, August 2, 2017


As the Executive Director of Family ReEntry, a Connecticut 

criminal justice nonprofit, and as a formerly incarcerated person myself, I am greatly concerned about the state legislature's inability/unwillingness to pass a budget.

In the criminal justice sector, this represents a huge public safety risk as people are released from prisons in ever larger numbers (a good thing) without adequate access to critical cost-effective wraparound services such as substance abuse and mental health counseling, career training, housing, family services, etc.

It should be no surprise that, when left with no other option, these individuals often return to the very behavior that landed them in prison in the first place (a very bad thing).

As the cost to incarcerate a person can be up to 10 times the cost of nonprofit-provided re-entry services, it is obvious that it is in our short-term and long-term financial best interest to reinvest state budget savings in quality community corrections.

Each day without a budget and adequate funding of Connecticut's nonprofits wastes the precious few resources we have at huge fiscal cost - and at even larger costs in human suffering and public safety.

Jeff Grant, JD, M Div
Executive Director - Family ReEntry, Inc.
75 Washington Avenue
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
familyreentry.org
jeffgrant@familyreentry.org
(office) 203-290-0855
(mobile) 203-957-0162