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RESOURCES

The Big Country Reentry Coalition acts as a liaison to enhance collaboration among reentry service providers, encouraging broad-based community support and involvement. Our six areas of emphasis are Employment, Housing, Mental Health, Treatment, Education, and Mentorship.

EMPLOYMENT

Securing sustainable second chance employment is top of the list of requirements for individuals on parole. Lack of employment can pose a myriad of insecurities leading people to recidivise just to have stability.

Employer list coming soon!

HOUSING

Halfway housing, family placements, and shared living/co-living communities can be hard to navigate and sometimes lead to repeat behaviors. Lack of safe housing in an area can lead to homelessness.

Safe Housing list is coming soon!

MENTAL HEALTH

Many individuals receive limited mental health care while incarcerated and are not set up with a primary care physician upon release, which leads to undiagnosed and untreated issues. A persons mental health is one of the building blocks of basic needs.

TREATMENT

Drug and alcohol addictions are commonly misrepresented in the justice system. A drug charge will label someone a "felon" or as "dangerous" when really they are in need of substance use disorder counseling or supports.

EDUCATION

If charged and jailed at a young age, completing high school might not be an option. Low literacy levels are common among those released from jail/prison and having a diploma, GED or college hours can make or break someone's employment search.

MENTORSHIP

Who do you turn to when you have a question?  Those on the journey of reentry often have several. A good mentor is willing to take their personal lessons learned, and share them with their mentee, to advise based on their own lived experiences.

Partners and Resources: Causes

PARTNERS

Community Stakeholders and Agencies

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2-1-1 TEXAS A CALL FOR HELP | UNITED WAY OF ABILENE

Resource Connection

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ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY | SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Education and Social Service

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ABILENE RECOVERY COUNCIL

Peer Coaching and Recovery

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BETTY HARDWICK CENTER

Mental Health

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BLIZZARD & ZIMMERMAN | ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELORS AT LAW

Legal Services

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COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF ABILENE

Funding and Nonprofit Education

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GOODWILL WEST TEXAS

Employment and Social Service

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HIGHLAND CHURCH OF CHRIST

Faith Based Services

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REENTRY ARTS CONNECTION

Arts and Creative Expression

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TEXAS CENTER FOR JUSTICE AND EQUITY

Advocacy Group

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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE | REENTRY & INTEGRATION DIVISION

State Corrections

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TEXAS FAIR DEFENSE PROJECT

Legal Services

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TEXAS VETERANS COMMISSION

Veteran Services

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WINDHAM SCHOOL DISTRICT

Education and Employment

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WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS OF WEST CENTRAL TEXAS

Employment Services

Partners and Resources: Clients
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