CRESC We believe that every ex-offender should have access to the services and resources necessary to maintain a productive, crime-free life. CRESC is a network of caring professionals and community leaders whose sole purpose is to provide encouragement, hope and re-sources for the ex-offender.

Check out our website, reentrynow.org, for more information about our our committees: Housing, Communications, Mentoring, Workforce and Advocacy. CRESC collaborates with the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, The South Central Workforce Investment Board, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation & Parole Harrisburg District Office, Citizens Advisory Committee to fa-cilitate Employer breakfasts and Job Fairs.

Check out our website, reentrynow.org, for more information about our our committees: Housing, Communications, Mentoring, Workforce and Advocacy. CRESC collaborates with the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, The South Central Workforce Investment Board, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation & Parole Harrisburg District Office, Citizens Advisory Committee to fa-cilitate Employer breakfasts and Job Fairs.

Operating as usual

For those in the Carlisle area, check out Project SHARE of Carlisle PA Summer Feeding for Kids Program ☀️
05/18/2021

For those in the Carlisle area, check out Project SHARE of Carlisle PA Summer Feeding for Kids Program ☀️

For those in the Carlisle area, check out Project SHARE of Carlisle PA Summer Feeding for Kids Program ☀️

05/03/2021

Join Us! Community Day Sat. 5/8/2021! 11a-6p! Communities In Schools Pennsylvania

JFT Recovery and Veterans Support Services will be having a Memorial Day picnic on Sunday, May 30, starting at 2pm. All ...
04/28/2021

JFT Recovery and Veterans Support Services will be having a Memorial Day picnic on Sunday, May 30, starting at 2pm. All are welcome to attend. See the flyer below for more information.

JFT Recovery and Veterans Support Services will be having a Memorial Day picnic on Sunday, May 30, starting at 2pm. All are welcome to attend. See the flyer below for more information.

The Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area is hosting a "Chat and Chew" virtual forum on April 26 from 6pm-8pm...
04/23/2021

The Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area is hosting a "Chat and Chew" virtual forum on April 26 from 6pm-8pm. The conversation will focus on the George Floyd trial. The purpose of the discussion is to create a safe space for individuals to have open and honest dialogue regarding race.

The event is free but pre-registration is required. For more information and to register visit www.ccuhbg.org/chatandchew

The Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area is hosting a "Chat and Chew" virtual forum on April 26 from 6pm-8pm. The conversation will focus on the George Floyd trial. The purpose of the discussion is to create a safe space for individuals to have open and honest dialogue regarding race.

The event is free but pre-registration is required. For more information and to register visit www.ccuhbg.org/chatandchew

This coming Saturday, April 24th, the Carlisle community will be hosting an Earth Day Celebration 🌎  There will be event...
04/19/2021
Earth Day in Downtown Carlisle

This coming Saturday, April 24th, the Carlisle community will be hosting an Earth Day Celebration 🌎 There will be events, activities, and kids crafts throughout the afternoon. For more information, click the link ⬇️

Come downtown on April 24th from 11:00-4:00 PM to enjoy an afternoon of celebrating the Earth and all the blessings she gives us.  This outdoor event is free to attend.  We're hoping to bring you a day honoring the Earth, spring, the outdoors, nature, conservation, farming, and more!

Unsure if you qualify for the Dauphin County Emergency Rent & Utility Assistance Program?  There are two upcoming inform...
04/13/2021

Unsure if you qualify for the Dauphin County Emergency Rent & Utility Assistance Program? There are two upcoming informational sessions to give you all the details and determine your eligibility:
-Wednesday, April 14, 6pm-7:30pm
-Friday, April 16, from 10:30am-12pm

See the flyer below for the details on how to join the session.

Unsure if you qualify for the Dauphin County Emergency Rent & Utility Assistance Program? There are two upcoming informational sessions to give you all the details and determine your eligibility:
-Wednesday, April 14, 6pm-7:30pm
-Friday, April 16, from 10:30am-12pm

See the flyer below for the details on how to join the session.

04/07/2021

The Dauphin County Library System is continuing their "Lawyers in Libraries" series with two upcoming civil legal services programs. Both programs are free to attend.

-Thursday, April 19th, 5:30-6:30pm
How to Handle Custody Conflicts
A presentation and Q&A with Attorneys Lyndsay Conforto and Pamela Fleck of MidPenn Legal Services.

Registration: https://bit.ly/3m4waKo

-Thursday, May 27th, 5:30-6:30pm
What You Need to Know about PA Unemployment Compensation
A presentation and Q&A with Nick Matash, Managing Attorney of MidPenn Legal Services.

Registration: https://bit.ly/3ryG4

Cumberland County residents in need of assistance paying their mortgage, check out the Cumberland County Mortgage Assist...
03/22/2021
Mortgage Assistance | Community CARES

Cumberland County residents in need of assistance paying their mortgage, check out the Cumberland County Mortgage Assistance Program ⤵️

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the PA Dept. of State by calling toll-free, within PA, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

03/08/2021

The next Dauphin County Reentry Coalition Planning Meeting will be held on March 18, 2021, from 2:30pm - 4:30pm.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89497337773?pwd=ZVhpaGhTVzk4VzVqVkRIWGl3MTdUZz09
Dial-in Number: 1-929-205-6099​
Meeting ID: 894 9733 7773 Passcode: 724945

March Pre-Meeting Assignments:

1. Click the link for a brief survey regarding "Desired Outcomes of a Collaborative Approach to Reentry." - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6HFHYXV

2. In order to provide a common foundation of understanding across all coalition members of key issues in the criminal justice system that impact reentry, please review "The Maze of the Criminal Justice System." You can read the information as a PDF document (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1n-xPVOm7QydDyEUlyCTct7CSJqVmJ4gW/view?usp=sharing). Or, you can view and listen to a recording of the presentation (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JefMay-Mo-ChCU1rzfe1p_Ji8mwApOUr/view?usp=sharing).

​3. Optional - Volunteer for a subcommittee. - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6BWFCJF

We hope to see you at the March meeting!

SCPa Works is hosting an upcoming event, “The Benefits of Hiring Reentrants: An Untapped Workforce” on March 30th from 1...
03/04/2021

SCPa Works is hosting an upcoming event, “The Benefits of Hiring Reentrants: An Untapped Workforce” on March 30th from 10am-11:30am via Zoom. Economic and Workforce Development partners, educators, community organizations, and businesses throughout the region are invited to attend. Check out the flyer for more information.

You can register to attend this meeting at the link ⬇️

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pceyprTsuGdDWtwnhr0h0r718666_U6tl

SCPa Works is hosting an upcoming event, “The Benefits of Hiring Reentrants: An Untapped Workforce” on March 30th from 10am-11:30am via Zoom. Economic and Workforce Development partners, educators, community organizations, and businesses throughout the region are invited to attend. Check out the flyer for more information.

You can register to attend this meeting at the link ⬇️

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pceyprTsuGdDWtwnhr0h0r718666_U6tl

Need help paying your rent 🏠 or utility bills📃?The Dauphin County Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance may be able to h...
03/03/2021

Need help paying your rent 🏠 or utility bills📃?

The Dauphin County Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance may be able to help❗️

For more information and to see if you qualify, visit: www.dauphincounty.org/rentutilityassist

Need help paying your rent 🏠 or utility bills📃?

The Dauphin County Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance may be able to help❗️

For more information and to see if you qualify, visit: www.dauphincounty.org/rentutilityassist

In case you missed the information session offered by the Dauphin County Library System in partnership with MidPenn Lega...
03/02/2021
Lawyers in Libraries: Are You Eligible for an Expungment?

In case you missed the information session offered by the Dauphin County Library System in partnership with MidPenn Legal Services and the Dauphin County Barr Association on expungement, you can watch the session at the below link:
https://youtu.be/HXtm04a-FzM

As a reminder, the next session offered will be "How to Restore Your Driver's License" on March 25th at 6pm via Zoom. You can register for this free clinic at the following link: https://bit.ly/3pMEBu9

The Library partnered with MidPenn Legal Services and the Dauphin County Bar Association for informational sessions about navigating your civil legal needs. ...

Trouble paying your rent?At risk of becoming homeless?Dauphin County residents with a housing crisis can now call 📞 2-1-...
02/26/2021

Trouble paying your rent?
At risk of becoming homeless?

Dauphin County residents with a housing crisis can now call 📞 2-1-1 to discuss available resources and services.

Trouble paying your rent?
At risk of becoming homeless?

Dauphin County residents with a housing crisis can now call 📞 2-1-1 to discuss available resources and services.

Save the date 🗓 Our next CRESC meeting will be held March 18th from 2:30pm-4:30pm via Zoom. This meeting will continue t...
02/25/2021

Save the date 🗓 Our next CRESC meeting will be held March 18th from 2:30pm-4:30pm via Zoom. This meeting will continue the strategic planning for Dauphin County reentry.

Stay up to date on all the latest CRESC news and updates by signing up for our email newsletters at the following link ➡️ http://eepurl.com/biblf

Save the date 🗓 Our next CRESC meeting will be held March 18th from 2:30pm-4:30pm via Zoom. This meeting will continue the strategic planning for Dauphin County reentry.

Stay up to date on all the latest CRESC news and updates by signing up for our email newsletters at the following link ➡️ http://eepurl.com/biblf

02/24/2021
EventKeeper : EK Form

The Dauphin County Library System has partnered with MidPenn Legal Services and the Dauphin County Barr Association to offer free virtual informational sessions to the community. The sessions are part of a monthly series aimed at providing pro bono civil services to the community.

The two upcoming sessions are listed below, along with a link to register.

-Are You Eligible for an Expungement?
Thursday, February 25 at 6:00pm on Zoom
A presentation & clinic with Attorney Kara P. Pike of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, member of the Dauphin County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Program.
1.5 hours.
Register here: https://bit.ly/2NRViXV

-How to Restore Your Driver’s License
Thursday, March 25 at 6:00pm on Zoom
A presentation & clinic with Attorney Edward F. Spreha, Jr. of Wagner & Spreha, member of the Dauphin County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Program.
1.5 hours.
Register here: https://bit.ly/3pMEBu9

Event List

02/24/2021

FREE ALERT! Inmates to Entrepreneurs is offering a FREE online course for anyone with a criminal background who has started, or is interested in starting, their own low-capital business. Class begins March 23, 2021 so get registered in advance!

Arcadia University is conducting a research study 🔎 on healthcare access for those with physical disabilities during and...
02/24/2021

Arcadia University is conducting a research study 🔎 on healthcare access for those with physical disabilities during and upon release from incarceration

Qualifications to participate:
🔹Developed a physical disability prior to or during incarceration
🔹Previously incarcerated in PA
🔹Released and currently reside in PA
🔹Not currently on parole

Participants will receive a $25 prepaid gift card.

See flyer ⬇️ for more information.

Arcadia University is conducting a research study 🔎 on healthcare access for those with physical disabilities during and upon release from incarceration

Qualifications to participate:
🔹Developed a physical disability prior to or during incarceration
🔹Previously incarcerated in PA
🔹Released and currently reside in PA
🔹Not currently on parole

Participants will receive a $25 prepaid gift card.

See flyer ⬇️ for more information.

The YWCA Greater Harrisburg is hosting an event for homeless veterans and veterans in need. Veterans Stand Down will tak...
02/23/2021

The YWCA Greater Harrisburg is hosting an event for homeless veterans and veterans in need. Veterans Stand Down will take place on March 6 from 9am-4pm at the Farm Show complex. Many resources and services will be onsite. Additionally, free COVID-19 vaccinations will be available for all homeless veterans.

For more information, and a transportation schedule from York to the event and back, is outlined in the below flyers.

We have exciting news! 🎉Our next CRESC meeting will be the Dauphin County Reentry Planning Meeting Kickoff🔸Thursday, Feb...
02/12/2021

We have exciting news! 🎉

Our next CRESC meeting will be the Dauphin County Reentry Planning Meeting Kickoff

🔸Thursday, February 18, 2021🔸
3:30pm-5:30pm
*Please note the meeting start time

Please join us for the kickoff meeting via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85887493367?pwd=SXhyNXhzUzFFUnpMTFhhSEF2QnNCdz09

Dauphin County, through an application submitted by the Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB) & CRESC, was recently awarded a planning grant from the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) to bring together community stakeholders to collaborate on addressing the gap that exists in our counties for appropriate pre-release and post-release services for offenders reentering their communities. By the end of this eight-month strategic planning process, we aim to have a cohesive plan for ensuring supportive services for ex-offenders to ultimately reduce recidivism and promote self-sufficiency in our community.

The meeting agenda is included below. Please note the two assignments that need to be completed prior to the meeting:
🔹Please watch the short video “Coming Home: The C.A.R.E. Program”:
http://fadenreview.blogs.bucknell.edu/c-a-r-e/
🔹Then answer three brief questions regarding barriers and supports for reentrants here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2K56X3F

We hope you can join us!

Reminder for today!!
02/11/2021

Reminder for today!!

Did you know❓More than half of all car seats are installed incorrectly.The Pediatric Trauma and Injury Prevention progra...
02/11/2021
GIANT Car Seat Safety Community Program

Did you know❓More than half of all car seats are installed incorrectly.

The Pediatric Trauma and Injury Prevention program Penn State Children's Hospital has partnered with Giant Food Stores to expand its car seat safety check program and, when deemed appropriate by a trained car seat technician, provide a free car seat for families to help keep their young ones safe.

Trained car seat technicians will be available on the following dates to check car seats for proper installation and provide car seats to those in need at the Giant Food Store located at 136 Kline Village, Harrisburg:
🚗 Wednesday, February 24 from 10am-2pm
🚗 Saturday, February 27 from 11am-3pm

Please register in advance by clicking the link below ⬇️

The Pediatric Trauma & Injury Prevention program at Penn State Children’s Hospital is proud to partner with The GIANT Company to expand its car seat safety check program and, when deemed appropriate by a trained car seat safety technician, provide a free car seat for families to help keep their yo...

OnTrack and Operation HELP
02/10/2021
OnTrack and Operation HELP

OnTrack and Operation HELP

If you need help paying your bills, see if you qualify for OnTrack or Operation HELP.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will be holding an on-the-job training program information session o...
02/09/2021

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will be holding an on-the-job training program information session on March 1, from 10:30am-12pm. The event is free to attend and will be held via Zoom.

To register for the session, click on the link below.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrcO6grjksHdTCcD5Xyt2IU1-J8N4lILid

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will be holding an on-the-job training program information session on March 1, from 10:30am-12pm. The event is free to attend and will be held via Zoom.

To register for the session, click on the link below.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrcO6grjksHdTCcD5Xyt2IU1-J8N4lILid

Thank you Leadership Harrisburg Area for this amazing and insightful presentation by Marsha Banks from Amiracle4sure, In...
02/08/2021
Leadership Harrisburg Area Presentation by Marsha Banks

Thank you Leadership Harrisburg Area for this amazing and insightful presentation by Marsha Banks from Amiracle4sure, Inc.

You can hear Marsha’s story and learn more about the importance of successful reentry by clicking on the video link below.

02/05/2021
Dauphin County, PA
02/05/2021

Dauphin County, PA

There are overnight shelter options available for men, women and children in Dauphin County.
Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area
Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness

Free 👀 clinic April 9th and 10th. Register today to secure your appointment.
02/04/2021

Free 👀 clinic April 9th and 10th. Register today to secure your appointment.

FREE vision Clinic for the community on April 9th & 10th at Harrisburg BIC Church 2217 Derry St, HBG, PA 17104. Spots are limited so secure your slot today! Please pre-register for a free vision assessment and glasses here: https://tinyurl.com/y2zeuyel

For those in the Carlisle community in need of food, check out “The French Toast Connection” on February 12 from 3pm-5pm...
02/04/2021

For those in the Carlisle community in need of food, check out “The French Toast Connection” on February 12 from 3pm-5pm 🍞🥛🥚

Looking for a job❓The CRESC website has a list of current job openings throughout our region. You can view the list of j...
02/03/2021
NEW Job Opportunities!

Looking for a job❓The CRESC website has a list of current job openings throughout our region.

You can view the list of job opportunities at the link to our website below ⬇️

Coca-Cola Coca-Cola is hiring for a variety of positions. See below list for several open positions and application instructions. Lemoyne, PA (Harrisburg) Facility: Driver...

02/02/2021

Stay up to date on all the latest CRESC news and updates by signing up for our email alerts. Click the below link to subscribe. Our emails are a great way to stay informed on all the great work CRESC is doing in our local community.

http://eepurl.com/biblf

We are currently living through unprecedented times. COVID-19 has impacted everyone.Persevere PA is here to help you. Co...
01/29/2021

We are currently living through unprecedented times. COVID-19 has impacted everyone.

Persevere PA is here to help you. Connect with a free crisis counselor to help navigate through these trying times. All calls are free and confidential. Trained professionals are available 24/7.

To connect with a crisis counselor, call 1-855-284-2494.

You are never alone.

The South Central Assembly will hold three upcoming Zoom meetings focusing on emergency housing needs facing our communi...
01/28/2021

The South Central Assembly will hold three upcoming Zoom meetings focusing on emergency housing needs facing our communities. The next meeting will be February 11, from 10am-11am. Subsequent sessions will be held on February 25 and March 10. All are welcome to attend.

Topics covered during the sessions will include eviction prevention, emergency rental assistance, finding more units for affordable rental housing, and housing the homeless during the pandemic.

All sessions are free to attend. To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-central-assembly-pandemic-response-series-emergency-housing-needs-tickets-138272437583

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P.O. Box 60895
Harrisburg, PA
17106

General information

The Coalition meets at the CareerLink 100 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg every third Thursday, each month, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.

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Capital Region Ex-offender Support Coalition P.O. Box 60895 Harrisburg, PA 17106 717 461 3143 www.reentrynow.org “Reentry Now” “The Pennsylvania Capitol Region’s Reentry Coalition” CRESC meets every 3rd Thursday of each month from 3-4:30pm at: CareerLink 100 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101 Vision Statement We believe that every ex-offender should have access to the services and resources necessary to main-tain a productive, crime-free life. Mission Statement To reduce recidivism by educating and strengthening the community through coordination of services that the ex-offender needs for suc-cessful reentry. Who is CRESC? CRESC is a network of caring professionals and community leaders whose sole purpose is to provide encouragement, hope and resources for the ex-offender. MENTORING COMMITTEE The Mentoring Committee is under the direct supervision of Chaplain Larry Coleman. Under his leadership the Ex-offender Mentoring Program has been getting rave reviews. Two sites were created to offer this pro-gram to ex- offenders. The first site was developed in 2010 in collaboration with Dauphin County Probation & Parole Office and the Work Release Center. The second site was started in a collaboration with PA Probation & Parole. Site #1 Meeting Thursdays 6:00pm to 7:30pm 519 Gibson Blvd. Site #2 Meeting Tuesday 2:30pm to 4:00pm Westley AME Church 5th & Camp Street. College for Mentors Workshop First Friday of Each Month Strawberry Square Downtown Harrisburg. (in collaboration with Temple NEST) COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE The Communications Committee oversees www.reentrynow.org, the organization’s website as well as maintaining the CRESC Resources Directory, Newsletter and all other social media communications. HOUSING COMMITTEE The Housing Committee works on several fronts in attempts to facilitate the search and securing adequate housing for those reentering citizens. WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE The Workforce Development Committee has had some outstanding programs accomplished under the leadership of Ms. Price and the dedicated Committee members. CRESC collaborates with the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, The South Central Workforce Investment Board, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation & Parole Harrisburg District Office, Citizens Advisory Committee to facilitate Employer breakfasts and Job Fairs The goal of the committee is to bring awareness to the many benefits employers receive when they hire an ex-offender. Benefits such as: --Tax Credits (WOTC) --Federal Bonding Program --OJT Reimbursement dollars --A Dedicated Employee --Third Party Accountability WILL YOU JOIN US? CRESC continually positions itself to be the leader in facilitating reentry of ex-offenders into our communities. We want to see every returning citizen be positive and productive in all they set their hearts to accomplish. Please consider joining and supporting us in this effort. As recidivism is reduced, everyone benefits!

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Officials with the Dauphin County Prison are in the process of creating a publicly accessible website that will enable the friends and family members of prisoners and other interested parties to access both useful and vital information relating to prison operations and the prisoners under its care and custody. Therefore, members of the DCP Community Advisory Committee are requesting any "Frequently Asked Questions" that you would like to see included on the website under the FAQ tab. Any and all suggestions are welcome from the public (especially those questions that may prove helpful to newly impacted families and friends). #makeyourvoicesheard
Hope Station, which is a non profit organization in Carlisle, will host a Re-entry Coalition/Program meeting on September 30 at 1:00 on the Dickinson College Campus. Charla Plaines and Mike Lister will give everyone information on how to begin a re-entry program in Cumberland County. If you are interested in helping us, please feel free to attend this first meeting. The address is 99 Mooreland Ave. Carlisle, 17013, Allison Hall Community Room. Thank you. For more information, you may contact me at 717-249-5144 or via email [email protected].
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