I’m FREE – Females Reentering Empowering Each Other

Women who have spent time in prison, often have a much harder time reentering into society than men do. There is much stigma placed on women who have spent time in prison and they have been separated from their children, family,  friends and support groups. Many of these women suffer from depression, ill-health and mental health. 

The Females Reentering Empowering Each Other, known as I’m FREE, works with women who have been incarcerated in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in helping them to self-sustaining lifestyles. The organization offers year-long residential training to assist women who have recently been released from the judicial system and are members of the Council for Returning Citizens at Resources for Human Development. 

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Exodus Transitional Community

Being released from prison can often be a traumatic affair. Society often places a stigma on ex-prisoners that can make out difficult to find gainful employment, fair housing and most importantly, self-esteem. Many ex-offenders find themselves in financial difficulty upon release from prison, they feel a burden on their families and society and often revert to crime, leading back to prison. 

In 1999, Mr. Julio Medina founded Exodus Transitional Community. Exodus was founded on the principle that individuals cannot be successfully released from prison without resources to support the transition from prison to society.


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Jails to Jobs

For many incarcerated prisoners, the thought of finding employment once they are released can be a daunting task. And this is where Jails to Jobs comes along to help directly with this issue. Jails to Jobs is an organization that helps ex-offenders find the tools they may need to help themselves find gainful employment, from resume writing to handling interviews.

In the words of Jails to Jobs, “The most critical factors in achieving a successful job hunt are attitude, persistence and having a plan. The first thing you must do is to create a mind set and put together the tools you need to carry out your search.”

Which begins the process of Jails to Jobs helping each and every individual ex-prisoner find their unique potential in the working world. Ex-prisoners begin with a self-assessment and then move on to applying past work experience skills to find potential jobs that may require some of those same skills.

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