Reentry Support

We offer essential services to each person participating in our programs.

For those newly released from prison, reentry can be overwhelming. Many are without every basic human need: food, shelter, and clothing. They face an uphill battle in finding employment with ‘a record,’ following them, and many are fighting addiction, alcoholism, and mental illness. 

CPA provides a comprehensive array of services to address these challenges. We actively work to engage our community partners, collaborating on local, federal and state levels to create a strong support network for those reentering society.

When we support these individuals, we build a stronger, more empathetic and compassionate community.

Through the power of restorative services like these, thousands of Connecticut residents have been able to break the cycle of repeated incarcerations and change their lives for the better.



Reentry Welcome Centers

Our Hartford and Waterbury Reentry Welcome Centers act as a hub for connecting participants to support services at the centers and in the community. Whether they take part in a 3 month program or receive assistance for more than a year, our Reentry Welcome Centers provide a critical link between people newly released from prison and the support services they need in the community to successfully transition back home.

By providing a strong continuity of care for people who are reentering the community, we are able to ensure access to vital behavioral health, job readiness, educational support, and family reunification services.

Research has shown that communities who support individuals upon reentry actually realize long term cost-savings by reducing recidivism rates, and overall also contribute to reducing incarceration costs for the State of Connecticut over time. We’re proud to be at the forefront of this movement.

Our Locations

Hartford Reentry Welcome Center

716 Windsor Street
Hartford CT 06120
Tel: (860) 263-8476

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Waterbury Reentry Welcome Center
Joseph Jaynes Center at OIC
77-79 Bishop Street
Waterbury CT 06704
Tel: (203) 800-2279

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Resettlement Program

Working closely with intervention specialists and our collaborating partners, Community Partners in Action provides a Resettlement Program that offers transitional housing, basic needs, reunification services, and Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) treatment to women.

Starting up to 6 months prior to their prison release, these women take part in intensive counseling to prepare them for the transition to post-release life. CPA provides the connection between the individual and the network of services needed to ensure the healthiest and best outcome.

Our location:

Resettlement at the Reentry Welcome Center

716 Windsor Street
Hartford CT 06120
Tel: (860) 263-8476

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4pm

Reentry Backpack Donation Drives

Community Partners in Action’s (CPA) Reentry Backpack Initiative provides a gender-tailored backpack to people recently released from prison and people living in the community who are homeless. The First Congregational Church of Guilford first created the program for its members to support CPA’s Resettlement Program. Now individuals, churches, and organizations from throughout Connecticut conduct reentry backpack drives for our programs.

Every month, anywhere from 25 to 30 free reentry backpacks/month are given to CPA participants, who are primarily in our Reentry Welcome Centers in Hartford and Waterbury. We expanded the content of the Reentry Backpacks during the pandemic by adding face masks and hand sanitizer, a 30-day bus pass, clothing vouchers, and grocery gift cards. An essential addition to the backpacks are no-contract Smartphones with six months of phone cards with unlimited coverage. These phones allow participants to have internet access to stay connected to staff and family alike. Interested in helping out?