Community Information and Resource Fair will explore ways to help newly released offenders; others succeed

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IDAHO FALLS — An event aimed at making Idaho communities safer by helping returning citizens succeed after they are released from incarceration is coming up in Idaho Falls.  

This is the third year for this event and the Community Information and Resource Fair – Idaho Falls will provide representatives from community organizations and government agencies an opportunity to network the services and support offered to those that may be in need and explore ways they can work together to reduce recidivism. 

The fair will also provide a forum to explore ways to help people who have not been convicted of a crime but need help with issues like addiction, mental illness, housing, transportation and employment.

The fair will be held:

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

ISU Bennion Student Union Building

1784 Science Center Drive

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Participant vendors will include:

Secular and faith-based organizations offering recovery programs, transition and support services

City, county and state government agencies and law enforcement

Non-profit organizations providing such items as clothing and bikes to those in need

Organizations offering self-help programs, food, clothing, housing and referrals

Community mental health and medical services• Veterans resources

THE PUBLIC IS ALSO INVITED

The purpose of the fair is to:

Offer a networking forum for community organizations to promote and learn about transition, re-entry, and support services for returning citizens being released back into the community and those who may need some additional assistance

Provide case managers, returning citizens, families, parole/probation officers, volunteers, mentors, and workforce and employment consultants an opportunity to identify and understand available community resources

Identify offender-friendly resources to enhance existing resource manuals

Educate the public of the critical need to develop sustainable partnerships to ensure safe communities in Idaho

For more information contact:

Stephanie Taylor-Silva: steptayl@idoc.idaho.gov (208) 528-4220 x 256

Jeff Kirkman: jkirkman@idoc.idaho.gov (208) 658-2073

Story published: 08/15/2019
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