Resources for Returning Citizens
People returning to society after being released from jail or prison face many barriers to success including employment. Individuals who have been convicted of a crime often experience difficulty in securing employment because many businesses simply choose not to hire them because of stereotypes, stigmas, and misinformation. Nonetheless, there are many programs and services in the City of Philadelphia dedicated to improving the re-entry process through a support system and dismantling the barriers for individuals to succeed and secure not just a job, but a career.
JEVS Human Services provides vital services for those most in need throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, including returning citizens. Their programs provide skills development, job readiness, career services, vocational rehabilitation, recovery services, and adult residential and community participation services to help individuals contribute to a thriving workforce.
Looking Forward Philadelphia provides an array of social services and employment help designed to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of individuals returning from incarceration. This program helps individuals recently released from jail or prison navigate the re-entry process and access tools and resources such as general reentry support, workshops, and virtual expungement clinics needed to obtain a career with a family-sustaining wage.
For additional resources and re-entry updates, visit The Philadelphia Reentry Coalition.