Networking event planned for groups that provide assistance to offenders

Wide shot of attendees at 2011 fair
The 2011 Community Informaton and Resource Fair

BOISE, August 13, 2012 – Organizations that provide assistance to newly released offenders and other disadvantaged Idahoans are invited to participate in a networking event aimed at improving communication between social service providers.

The second annual Community Information and Resource Fair will bring together representatives of government agencies with representatives of secular and faith-based organizations that provide food, housing, substance abuse treatment and other services that are vital to offenders successfully transition from prison back to the community.

“All of us can be more effective if we work together,” says Jeff Kirkman, Idaho Department of Correction’s statewide coordinator of religious and volunteer activities. “This event will give us a chance to get to know each other and explore ways that we can enhance collaboration.”

The fair will be held at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 4950 Bradley Street in Garden City, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19. Organizations that wish to participate can reserve a display table, at no charge, at the website http://www.offenderresourcesidaho.org/ or by contacting either:

Tim Leigh

Idaho Department of Labor

timothy.leigh@labor.idaho.gov.

Marie Schutt

Supportive Housing and Innovative Partnerships

mschutt@offenderresourcesidaho.org

Tara Richardson

Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Tara.Richardson@vr.idaho.gov

Organization of the fair is through the partnership of Idaho Department of Correction, Idaho Department of Labor, Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Supportive Housing and Innovative Partnerships (SHIP), Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Circuit Rider Ministries, Bethel Ministries and Experience Works.

Story published: 08/15/2012
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