Supportive Services for Returning Citizens
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and Our Brothers’ Keepers of Southern Illinois are announcing a new cooperative program that provides Reentry Services for Returning Citizens in East St. Louis, IL. New Life Community Church (1919 State Street, East St. Louis, IL) as part of this effort is providing program space with the opening at the Church on May 11, 2018 (10 AM – 12 Noon).
This program provides a holistic, multi-faceted approach that supports a returning citizens’ transition back into the community. Reentry services connect the returning citizen to needed supportive programs and reduce the barriers that prevent successful reintegration back into the community. All of the core components are designed to provide transitioning individuals with job knowledge and experience, a support system, and a stable life. Otherwise, nearly all who are incarcerated will return to their communities without the necessary help, and about half will be re-incarcerated within the following three to five years.
The goal of each returning citizen is to attain productive citizenship by full integration into the community. Full integration is demonstrated by a stable lifestyle which includes necessary identification, dignified housing, and employment with reliable income, possession of life skills, a willingness to become sober /addiction free, and strong family and faith-based relationships.
The community must also be involved in the process. With collaboration as the foundation, the program reaches out to all social and human service providers, faith communities and government agencies, to help in the process of full integration.
The cooperative program of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois-Prisoner & Family Ministry and Our Brothers’ Keepers of Southern Illinois as an ecumenical faith-based organization is dedicated to the full integration of formerly incarcerated persons, “returning citizens” into the St. Clair County, Illinois, community.