BALTIMORE - December 04
Baltimore’s Citywide Re-entry and Re-integration Steering Committee. The Steering Committee held
its latest meeting on October 25th at 2901 Druid Park Drive.
III.Work Group I Formatted: Bullets and Numbering
A.Purpose of the Workgroup: Assess and Review Existing Services for Returning Offenders
B.A. Work Group's Recommendations For Further Exploration/Actions
1. Consolidate resources and create a pilot one-stop to serve ex-offender clients
2. Conduct an evaluation of the Northwest Career Center/Parole and Probation project
3. Assess existing programs that provide employment and support services for ex-offenders
IV.Work Group II Formatted: Bullets and Numbering
Purpose of the Workgroup: Develop a plan to Address Issues Faced by Re-entering Offenders
A. Work Group's Recommendations For Further Exploration/Actions
1. Review age and re-entry studies
2. Examine the creation of a series of expungement seminars for ex-offenders
3. View the costs and career fields of training programs for ex-offenders, i.e. vocational and soft
4. Assess the creation of GED/HS degree program(s) for ex-offenders
5. Review the effects of ex-offender “support groups.”
V.Work Group III Formatted: Bullets and Numbering
Purpose of the Workgroup: Develop and distribute a Resource Guide of organizations in Baltimore City
that provide services to ex-offenders.
B.A. Recommendations Formatted: Bullets and Numbering
1. Develop a process for expanding the current database of known reentry programs
2. Combine United Way’s First Call for Help database and information obtained for the Resource
3. Develop an oversight plan to define the process for updating and expanding the resource database.
Develop a distribution plan and marketing tool
The Committee is now working to ensure that action steps are created to move forward on the
recommendations approved by the group. Its next meeting will be held on January 10 th.
For more information please contact Félix Mata, Project Manager, 410-396-7336 or by email at:
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg
Employer Appreciation Breakfast
Tuesday, December 14th at 8:00 am
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
1212 Cathedral Street
to RSVP please contact
Ms. Betty Yelity at
The following is the list of awardees to be recognized:
Carroll Custom Builders: has over 25 years of experience in residential carpentry contracting with a
focus now on commercial construction of assisted living units, nursing homes and elderly apartments.
They currently construct corporate projects in the $2-$5 million range. This agency currently works
with the Baltimore County Work Release program and successfully employs its clients in the
Packaging Strategies: fabricates boxes, which requires skills in carpentry, measurements, blue-print
reading, and hand-eye coordination. They are now a contractor with the Department of Defense.
Packaging Strategies currently employs students of the Occupational Skills Training Center
coordinated by the Maryland State Department of Education.
P.A.P.A. Auto Parts: has demonstrated its commitment and desire to assist ex-offenders in reentering
society through its consistent support and cutting edge retention services. The organization has gone
above and beyond in supporting employees who have relapsed or who are continuing to deal with legal
challenges. They have also supported the educational and career development of its staff by promoting
from within. Approximately 90% of the Center for Fathers, Families, and Workforce
Development/Strive program hired by PAPA Auto Parts are still employed.
McDonald's - Cynthia Brown: the owner of six McDonald's stores in the Baltimore Metropolitan
area, three of which employ women from Baltimore City's Work Release program. This organization
has an extremely structured operational format that allows their employees to experience a
professional "corporate" perspective of how a business is managed.
Alfreda Robinson: after her release Ms. Robinson dedicated her time, energy and resources towards
improving the lives of others returning into the Baltimore community. Since coming home in 2001,
Ms. Robinson has helped found, build and staff a statewide coalition of more than 300 individuals and
organizations dedicated to reforming Maryland's criminal justice system through the Maryland Justice
Coalition. She is also the Founder and Director of the National Women's Prison Project, through which
she provides physical, mental and spiritual support to women returning home from prison.
Larry Matthews: was released from prison in early 2003 after a seven-year sentence. Upon his
release, he became a client of the Maryland Re-entry Partnership (REP) and, after one month of
release, began working at Holly Poultry as a warehouse worker. After five months of employment, Mr.
Matthews was promoted to the position of Warehouse Supervisor. He now maintains permanent
housing and looks forward to soon purchasing his own home.
Let's congratulate and celebrate our friends who support Baltimore's re-entry activities!
Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) to award employment program for ex-offenders. The GBC is
made-up of business representatives throughout the Baltimore area and dedicated to strengthening the
Baltimore region's business climate. On December 10th at the 2004 Mayor's Business Recognition Awards
for civic leadership and outstanding community service Second Chance, Inc. will be awarded for its
Second Chance, Inc., which provides job-skills training and employment for ex-offenders, young adults
and other city residents in conjunction with its business, which encompasses deconstructing old buildings,
salvaging, and selling preserved architectural antiques. In addition, 11 other area businesses will be
awarded for their assistance to the region.
To read more about the award luncheon: http://www.gbc.org/news/Dec%2004/120204-
Maryland Justice Coalition – Angel Tree gift drive. It's certainly that time of year again - time to bless
the children whose parents are incarcerated. There are currently over 300 children who are in need of love
If you would like to contribute a new present and adopt a child this Christmas please contact Alfreda
Robinson Monday through Friday from 9 – 5 at (410) 366-0600 ext. 156.
A Christmas party will be held on Thursday, Dec. 16th from 6:00 pm at Chuck E. Cheese’s. Please contact
Alfreda Robinson for more information.
Spanish-speaking Chemical Dependency Program. Recovery Network is a State Certified Alcohol and
Chemical Dependency Treatment program for adults and adolescents and can help with:
ALCOHOLISM/ CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY
COURT APPROVED DWI/ DUI PROGRAMS
LOSS OF DRIVER’S LICENCE DUE TO ALCOHOL/DRUG RELATED INCIDENT
CDS POSSESION CHARGES
LIAISON BETWEEN CLIENT AND PROBATION OFFICES RELATED TO
SELF, PAROLE/PROBATION, PRETRIAL SERVICES, DRUG COURT, DDMP,
ATTORNEYS, MVA, EMPLOYERS, ETC.
INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP COUNSELING SERVICES AVAILABLE
(ALL INDIVIDUAL, GROUPS, VIDEOS, ASSESSMENTS, MEDICAL EVALUATIONS
PROVIDED IN SPANISH)
12-HOUR SOCIAL DRINKER AND 26-WEEK PROBLEM DRINKER PROGRAMS
INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT TREATMENT/OUTPATIENT DETOX
ALCOHOL/ DRUG EDUCATION AND RELAPSE PREVENTION
HIV/AIDS EDUCATION AND PREVENTION
RANDOM URINALYSIS FOR SOBRIETY ASSURANCE
INTRODUCTION TO ALCOHOLICS AND NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS FELLOWSHIP
For more information please call Daniel Muñoz- CSC-AD, Coordinator of Services to Spanish speaking
adults and adolescents. Located at 16 S. Calvert Street, Suite 404, Baltimore, MD 21202. Telephone
(443) 465-5529 or (410) 576-9191 ext.44, Fax (410) 576-9257
Voices of Vigilance Against Human Trafficking. Thursday, February 10, 2005, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at
the Marriott Hotel, West Lombard and Eutaw Streets. The event is free of charge but registration is
requested. Lunch is included.
To register: e-mail, or send by direct mail to:
Sister Joan Maier, SSND
6401 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
Sponsors: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in collaboration with local agencies
Fathers and Families Day - Enroll in our creative contest for Fathers and families.
Writing a poem or letter (maximum one page long)
Picture must be your drawing (no magazine cut-outs and no photography)
Age groups: 4-8, 9-13 and 13-17 years of age
Register to participate in the contest by December 16, 2004
You organization must receive your project by January 14 2005
If your project is selected you will present it on February 8 2005 in Annapolis for our Fathers and
Winner’s from each age group will receive a certificate and a prize the day of the event
All participants will receive a certificate from MRPNFF
Clients of a member organization will also have the opportunity to talk about their experiences and express
how fatherhood programs have helped them become better parents.
For more information please view the Maryland Regional Practioners’ Network for Fathers and Families
(MRPNFF) website at: http://www.mrpnff.org/.