Resource fair will explore ways to help newly released offenders; others succeed

room with exhibits and people
the 2016 Community Information & Resource Fair

An event aimed at making Idaho safer by helping newly released inmates succeed after they are released from prison is coming up next month in Garden City. Now is the time for organizations that wish to participate to register.

The event is the sixth annual Community Information and Resource Fair. The fair will provide representatives from community organizations and government agencies an opportunity to network 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.

“Government in and of itself is not the solution to these problems,” says Idaho Department of Correction Director Kevin Kempf. “We need to harness the strength of Idaho’s secular and faith-based organizations to make a difference.”


The fair will be held:      

Friday, September 16, 2016,

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vineyard Christian Fellowship

4950 Bradley Street

Garden City, Idaho

The participants 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 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 offenders returning to the community and those in the community who stand in need of assistance      
  • Provide case managers, ex-offenders, 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.

Organizations that wish to exhibit their resources and services can register

The deadline is Sept. 9. There is no cost to reserve a table, but space is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information contact:

Boyd Chikatulah: (208) 968-1991


Jeff Kirkman: (208) 658-2073

Story published: 08/30/2016
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