Reentry resources

Give us Five! Support Our Job Search Guide

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Check out this picture. Those are the last two copies of our job search guide from the first run of the guide. Since first printing the guide last year, we have sent 48 copies of the guide out into the world. Now we need your help to print more, so we can distribute it to more formerly incarcerated people. For every $5 donated, we are able to put one more guide into the hands of a formerly incarcerated person at no cost to them.

We love sharing this guide with the formerly incarcerated people we work with. It is packed with useful information on planning for a job search, where to look for jobs, how to prepare a resume, how to address criminal history during the hiring process, common interview questions and more. We use the guide with the clients we mentor and have also been handing it out to those who attend the monthly workshops we do in partnership with Working Alternatives, a residential program that helps people leaving federal prison transition back into their communities. Because the formerly incarcerated people we work with are unemployed, it is important that we provide the guide for free. That's where your donation helps. The updated version of the guide contains information on California's new fair chance hiring law and the state's ban on asking candidates about salary history.

Please donate today to help us print more copies of our guide. Five dollars goes a long way to set someone on the path to career success, which is a huge part of building a healthy and productive life following release from jail or prison.

Donate here. You have the option to make your donation recur monthly, which means you could provide a guide a month to a job seeker.

If you are an organization that would like to purchase copies of our guide for use with your clients, visit our store. If you are formerly incarcerated person who wants to request a copy of our guide, visit our Become a Client page.

Thank you for supporting Pacific Reentry Career Services and second chances.

Giving Tuesday Spotlight: Orange County Re-Entry Partnership

Join Pacific Reentry Career Services Executive Director & Co-Founder Stephanie Hammerwold in donating to OCREP for Giving Tuesday.

Join Pacific Reentry Career Services Executive Director & Co-Founder Stephanie Hammerwold in donating to OCREP for Giving Tuesday.

Wow! What a year! We just finished our second Fair Chance Hiring Summit (watch the blog for more on that next week), and we are already thinking about what we will do in 2018. We have so much to be thankful for during our first year providing direct services. As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, we want to take a moment and give thanks for the Orange County Re-Entry Partnership (OCREP). We would not be where we are today without the support of this amazing organization.

OCREP is a network of organizations and people who support the reentry community. As a small organization focused on employment for the formerly incarcerated, we do not have the resources to help with all the needs of our clients, but we do have access to a diverse network of professionals ready to provide help with housing, addiction services, mental health services and more. Formerly incarcerated people often have multiple barriers, so sometimes it is necessary to work in partnership with other organizations to get the help they need.

Here are the top ten reasons why we think you should give to OCREP on Giving Tuesday:

  1. OCREP supports second chances, and so do we.
  2. We have formed a number of partnerships with people and organizations that have been able to help our clients with shelter, job training and other services.
  3. Reentry success depends on a supportive community, and OCREP fosters that kind of community in Orange County.
  4. OCREP has been a huge support as we launched our programs this year and helped us with both of our Fair Chance Hiring Summits.
  5. Two years ago, we went to our first OCREP general meeting when Pacific Reentry Career Services was just an idea, and we were welcomed with open arms.
  6. Speaking of general meetings, OCREP meetings are always educational and a good opportunity to visit with friends who support the reentry community.
  7. The OCREP email newsletter is your go-to source for all things reentry.
  8. The OCREP advisory committee is led by Director Meghan Medlin and is made up of some of the most amazing people you will meet in Orange County.
  9. OCREP puts on amazing events like the annual Reentry Resource Fair and the recent Opioid Awareness event.
  10. OCREP is a necessary part of the reentry community in Orange County.

Join us in donating to OCREP today. Happy Thanksgiving!

Orange County's 3rd Annual Re-Entry Resource Fair--June 13

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Orange County's 3rd Annual Re-Entry Resource Fair is scheduled for June 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Honda Center in Anaheim. This free event is put on by the Orange County Re-Entry Partnership (OCREP) and other reentry service providers in Orange County. We are expecting nearly 60 vendors that cover a wide variety of services for formerly incarcerated people.

Pacific Reentry Career Services will be on site to provide resume review and career coaching. Be sure to stop by our table to say hi and to learn how we can help you prepare for career success.

See you there!

Orange County's 2nd Annual Reentry Resource Fair

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Our friends at the Orange County Re-Entry Partnership (OCREP) and BI Inc. are partnering with Contra Costa County Office of Education Parole to put on a Reentry Resource Fair on Tuesday, May 24 from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.

The purpose of the Reentry Resource Fair is to provide formerly incarcerated men and women with accessible information and connection to resources in Orange County. The focus is on addressing basic needs and facilitating reintegration back into our community. It is also an opportunity for these men and women to be welcomed home, providing hope for the future as the best way to prevent recidivism.

Currently there are 52 providers confirmed, and there will be music and some great opportunity drawings. If you or a loved one were formerly incarcerated and are looking to find services to help you with employment, housing and more, be sure to attend the Reentry Resource Fair.