Reentry Welcome Center Opens!

Read the City of Hartford Press Release about our new Reentry Welcome Center!  

Stephanie Harris-Adkins, of Community Partners in Action, shouted, “Come get your boots, Hartford,” a nod to the Martin Luther King Jr. saying: “It’s a cruel jest to suggest that a bootless man should pull himself up by his own bootstraps,” at the opening of the re-entry center. (Mark Mirko/Hartford Courant)

Press Release from the Mayor’s Office, City of Hartford

Today Mayor Luke Bronin, the Hartford Court of Common Council, State legislators, Connecticut First Lady Cathy Malloy, State Department of Correction Commissioner Scott Semple, Community Partners in Action Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Hines and Board Member Stephanie Harris-Adkins, and Hartford Foundation for Public Giving President Jay Williams cut the ribbon on the new Reentry Welcome Center (at Hartford City Hall).

The Reentry Welcome Center will provide a one-stop-shop where formerly incarcerated individuals can get connected to services and supports as they work to successfully reintegrate into their communities.  The Reentry Welcome Center will be run by Community Partners in Action with support from dozens of community-based organizations.  The Reentry Welcome Center is funded by a three-year, $450,000 Innovation Grant awarded to Community Partners in Action from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Watch the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

“Opening a Reentry Welcome Center was has been a goal of ours from the very start of my administration, and I’m proud of the tremendous partnerships that have made it possible,” said Mayor Bronin.  “With this welcome center, we are opening our doors to people who are trying to rebuild their lives, connecting them to basic necessities as well as healthcare, educational opportunities, job training, and many other services and supports.  This Reentry Welcome Center is about making our city safer and our community stronger, and it’s about helping those who are serious about making the most of a second chance.

“Helping returning citizens rebuild their lives in our community doesn’t just help those individuals – it helps their families, their neighborhoods, and our city as a whole.  I am deeply grateful to the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for their generous support, to Community Partners in Action for their leadership, and to the dozens of community organizations who are partnering with us to provide every type of support for people trying to rebuild their lives in our city.” Read the entire press release about the September 12th event

More News:
Read the article by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Read the article by the Hartford MetroAlliance