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Reentry Resource Center

The Ross Shepard Reentry Resource center, located at Roosevelt Crossing, provides a wide variety of reentry services to the people of Lane County.

Residents have access to specialized, wraparound services, while other community members with conviction histories have access to some services including housing and employment search assistance. If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact the RRC directly.

The RRC is open Monday-Friday, 9-noon for drop-in hours and 1 – 5 pm by appointment only. The computer lab is accessible during all open hours.

Housing Services

Housing Packets

Sponsors residents and other community members with conviction histories are invited to seek assistance with building a housing packet. Housing packets help address some of the barriers to housing faced by folks with convictions on their records. RRC staff work collaboratively with individuals to gather and compile all pieces of the packet. Completed packets include vital records, certificates of program(s) completion, letters of support and proof of income. Staff can assist with the application process as well.

Employment Services

Job Seekers

Anyone with a conviction history in Lane County is invited to seek employment assistance at the RRC. The center keeps a list of Second Chance Employers and positions they have available. RRC staff can assist with drafting letters of explanation and disclosing conviction histories. One-on-one support is also available to resume creation and interview preparation.

Employers

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Benefits & Education Navigation

Benefits

Though RRC staff cannot directly sign folks up for Social Security Insurance (SSI), they do make referrals to White Bird, Lane Independent Living and Cornerstone. They can also refer folks to general assistance while they wait for SSI payments to begin. RRC staff collaborate with Vocation Rehabilitation, and help those who want to work and receive benefits navigate both processes.

Higher Education

After incarceration, many individuals aim to expand their horizons. A college education is one great way to unlock new opportunities and help overcome some of the barriers created by conviction. RRC staff are happy to discuss education options, connect folks with necessary funding, and help establish a healthy balance between work and school.

Workshops & Computer Lab

RRC Workshops and computer lab are open to everyone in Lane County. Drop in during regular business hours for computer use. Computers can be used for job searching, resume creation, and necessary communication. Workshops provide specialized information on a variety of reentry issues. Find a complete list of workshops here.

Resident Services

Long-Term Housing

Sponsors residents may receive special assistance in securing long-term housing after completing the Transitions Program. Residents facing the greatest barriers to private market housing may be invited to participate in The Way Home—a specialized program that helps place folks in stable housing, either through Sponsors’ Permanent Supportive Housing, or through one of Homes For Good’s affordable housing communities. Residents should contact their case managers to learn more.

Current Resident Newsletter

Additional Services

Financial Assistance

A single unexpected expense can easily derail the reentry process. When one of these expenses, such as apartment deposits or required work gear, Sponsors invites folks to apply for emergency financial assistance. Residents must inquire through their case managers. Other community members on active supervision can inquire through their parole officers.

Sponsors Warehouse

The Sponsors Warehouse is stocked with shoes and clothing, furniture, dishes and other kitchenware, electronics and many other home goods necessary to furnish a new apartment. These items are available, free of charge, to any current or former Sponsors residents. Current residents may access the warehouse during regular business hours. Former residents should contact warehouse staff to make arrangements. 

Bus Passes & Bike Shop

Transportation access is crucial to the reentry process. To ensure individuals can make it to appointments, interviews and workplaces, Sponsors provides bus passes—both to residents and community members on active supervision. Additionally, residents have access to the Sponsors Bicycle Recyclery where they can “rent” refurbishes bikes at no charge. Contact your case manager or parole officer to learn more.

Contact RRC Staff

You can reach RRC Director, Rene Soto, at [email protected] or by calling (541)505-5682