UPDATED January 6, 2017
The Lancaster County RMO is pleased to offer these resources for returning citizens and their families, as well as for professionals and others who work with them.
Lancaster Crisis Intervention: 717-394-2631
CONTACT Lancaster Hotline: 717-299-4855
OVERVIEW OF REENTRY RESOURCES AND STEPS TO TAKE WHEN RELEASED FROM PRISON/JAIL
Roadmap to Successful Reentry (NOTE: this document is designed to be printed double-sided, on legal sized paper)
IMMEDIATE NEEDS for FOOD and CLOTHING:
OTHER FOOD RESOURCES
OTHER CLOTHING RESOURCES
The RMO office at 40 East King St (inside Adult Probation/Parole) has men's and women's toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, shaving supplies, women's hygiene supplies, etc) as well as baby diapers, if you are not able to afford these items.
CareerLink also has men's and women's toiletries.
If you have an immediate housing crisis (homeless, being evicted, etc) - call 211 (or 717-291-5462) and ask to speak with the CHART workers.
If you have trouble paying your heating bills during the winter, you may be able to get help through LIHEAP (cash) 717-299-7543 or LIHEAP (crisis) 717-299-7543.
You can also get utility help through Community Action Partnership (CAP)'s Utility Assistance at 717.299.7388. See details online at: http://www.caplanc.org/Our-Programs/Outreach
MEDICAL INSURANCE/MEDICAL CARE
(1) List of WALMART’s low-priced generic prescription drugs:
(2) List of TARGET’s low-priced generic prescription drugs:
(3) List of WALGREEN’s low-priced generic prescription drugs:
ADDICTION / D&A TREATMENT RESOURCES
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Mental health medications - Mental Health America may be able to assist with mental health medications. Call MHA at 717-397-7461.
CareerLink can assist returning citizens with obtaining photo ID, birth certificates, Social Security cards. Go to CareerLink at 1016 North Charlotte St, Lancaster and ask to speak with someone in the Reentry Employment office.
PA CareerLink of Lancaster County:
1016 N. Charlotte St.
Lancaster, PA 17603
Job Search Checklist: a guide to the essential steps involved in searching for employment, especially for those who may have little to no prior employment experience. Produced by the Employment Action Team of the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness.
Job Search Checklist - Forms of Identification Required for Employment: Exhibit 1 of the Job Search Checklist
If you need help obtaining ID, please contact PA CareerLink of Lancaster County. Staff there can assist you in getting your birth certificate, Social Security card or state ID if you do not have these.
CareerLink can provide bus passes for people involved in the Reentry Employment Program.
The RMO Office at 40 East King St (inside Probation/Parole office) has day bus passes for returning citizens.
Successful Returning Citizens Mentoring Support Group - a weekly support group offering inspiration, encouragement and motivation for people with a criminal background, led by "experts by experience" - men and women who were former members of the drug, gang and criminal lifestyle, and are now business owners, multiple college degree holders and community leaders.
TWO MEETINGS EVERY WEEK
WEDNESDAY nights, 7pm-8:30pm, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 701 North Lime St, Lancaster, PA.
MONDAY afternoons, NOON - 1pm, at CareerLink, 1016 North Charlotte St, Lancaster, PA.
Self Sufficiency Reference Guide: a guide to Lancaster County, PA social service agencies, supportive services, free community meals, and other resources that can be helpful to individuals and families in the areas of housing, transportation, financial matters, parenting, health care, mental health, food, clothing, employment, education and other areas. Published in partnership with United Way of Lancaster County
In Lancaster County, you can also call "211" from any phone to be connected to the United Way's FREE resource referral hotline. Trained call specialists will provide information on a broad range of services, including basic needs, health care, youth programs, counseling, food banks, housing, aging services and more. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ambassadors for Hope is a coalition of institutions, agencies, and individuals with a concern for children who have a parent who is incarcerated. The Network provides information to the public about the issue, seeks funding when it is available, and supports the local providers that actually do provide services. Through a partnership between Ambassadors for Hope and CompassMark, there is a Family Services Advocate who can address the needs of children with incarcerated parents and their caregivers while a loved on is in prison. Contact Jennifer Strasenburgh for more information.
Office: (717) 299-2831
Cell Phone: (717) 847-9103
How to Explain Jails and Prisons to Children: A Caregivers Guide - this guide provides tips for caregivers and parents to answer children's questions about having a parent in prison or jail, how to support the child and the incarcerated parent, tips for visitation and letter writing between parent and child, and other essential information to support families through this difficult situation. Published in partnership with Children of Incarcerated Parents Network of Lancaster County.
PROGRAMS FOR CAREGIVERS/ADULTS WITH AN INCARCERATED LOVED ONE
• Support group for adult family members and friends with a loved one in prison
LOCATION: Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 S Duke St, Lancaster, PA
TIME: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6pm - 7:30pm
Contact: Trinity Lutheran Church, Phone 717-397-2734
• Children living with relatives other than mom or dad or unrelated adults are almost always eligible to receive cash assistance and medical assistance benefits. The adult has to apply at the Lancaster County Assistance Office.
Contact: 717-299-7421, or visit the office at 832 Manor Street, Lancaster, PA
• Caregivers may also seek legal advice and advocacy from MidPenn Legal Services to obtain benefits for the children if they've been denied
Contact: 717-299-0971 and speak to reception staff.
Address: MidPenn Legal Services, 38 N. Christian Street, Suite 200, Lancaster, PA 17602
• Weekly Prayer Gathering for all involved in the criminal justice system held every non-holiday Monday from 12:05-12:35pm in Rengier Chapel at Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 S Duke St, Lancaster, PA. Phone: 717 397-2734.
CRIMINAL RECORD EXPUNGEMENT INFO