After spending 18 years within the confines of Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, I believed there was very little anyone could do to assist with my reentry. I’ve never been so happy to be wrong! While some other well-meaning groups talk, the folks at The Program put in the work. More specifically they have been willing to work as hard as I have to become a successful reentrant.
From before the date of my release the folks at The Program were professional and courteous. They understand the challenges and realities of reentering society. Since that time and through my release the folks at The Program have provided much needed guidance and insight, and not only directly but also through a vast network of professionals who genuinely want to help reentrants.
The Program has helped me to find a safe place to live, navigate the complexities of finding work, dealing with the government for food and medical assistance, putting me in touch with a professional to help sort out my financial future, finding me a mentor, and so much more. Reentry takes work if you’re willing to put in the effort the folks at The Program will be right there with you shining the light showing you which tools to use and how to use them to get and stay free.
I am not from PA and I have no family here. I was employed but not making enough money. When I first came to The Program, I felt it was a great opportunity to finally be able to get my finances back on track. The Program helped me keep a roof over my head and obtain financial freedom while being able to get back on track and out of my living conditions at the time. I’m now ahead on my student loans and gained a rainy day fund. The financial classes were helpful. I was taught a lot about banking and credit improvements. I was also taught the road to being financially stable has to begin with taking a hard look at your spending habits and that has helped me tremendously. The staff has been very supportive and always been resourceful, especially my case manager.