RESOURCES FOR VOLUNTEERS, EX-OFFENDERS,

AND THEIR FAMILIES 

"I recommend this the Grits for Breakfast website, if you want to read an interesting

perspective on the prison system in Texas" -- Carol Morton

www.gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com


TDCJ RE-ENTRY RESOURCES - "A NEW START"

SAN ANTONIO RE-ENTRY RESOURCES
 
San_Antonio_ReEntry_resources.doc
 

BEXAR COUNTY RESOURCE DIRECTORY FOR COMMUNITY RE-ENTRY 

http://www.bexar.org/revizesites/2ndChance/BCI_2ndChance.html

 

PRISON FELLOWSHIP - OUT 4 LIFE COALITIONS

http://www.prisonfellowship.org/coalitions/texas/contacts-and-meetings-tx

 
CHRISTIAN ASSISTANCE MINISTRY
http://www.christianassistanceministry.org/ 
 
BEXAR COUNTY DETENTION MINISTRIES
http://www.bcdm.org/ 

HAVEN FOR HOPE
http://www.havenforhope.org/new/ 
 
UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEMS
http://www.universityhealthsystem.com/mens-health-services 
 
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES - JOB HELP CENTER
http://www.goodwillsa.org/main.php?mainNav=jobhelpcenters 
 
WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS
http://www.workforcesolutionsalamo.org/ 
 
CAREER ONE-STOP
http://www.servicelocator.org/Search/etaSearchOffice.asp?zip=78201&city=&state=%20&proximity=25&search=Search
 
FAITH OUTREACH CENTER

http://www.faith-outreach.org/

 
PRISON TO PALACE EMPOWERMENT CLASSES (FAITH OUTREACH CENTER)
http://prison-to-palace.com/
 
PRISON FELLOWSHIP - RESOURCES FOR INMATES
http://www.prisonfellowship.org/pf-resources/resources-prisoners
 
WELCOME BACK - CHURCHES THAT WELCOME EX-OFFENDERS & FAMILIES
http://www.thewelcomeback.org/resources.php?s=TX
 
NATIONAL RE-ENTRY RESOURCE CENTER
http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/about/tools-resources
 
EMPLOYMENT FOR EX-OFFENDERS HANDBOOK
http://www.exoffender.org/up/docs/Exohandbook.pdf
 
CRIMINAL JUSTICE COALITION - A NEW START FOR EX-OFFENDERS
http://www.criminaljusticecoalition.org/files/userfiles/New_Start_San_Antonio_and_Area_Resources_--_FINAL.pdf

 

ALTERNATIVE HOUSING 

 

San Antonio Area:

The Awakening

4015 West Martin Street
San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 777‐8040

The Awakening provides faith‐based housing for women free of charge. Its six‐month program provides housing, meals, hygiene, and spiritual training to residents. After the six‐month period, individuals are encouraged to find a job and begin making payments. Individuals with sex offenses, violent offenses, and electronic monitors or psychiatric medications are not accepted.

 

Grace House, Inc.

7404 Highway 90
San Antonio, TX 78227

Or write to:

P.O. Box 781283
San Antonio, TX 78278
Phone: (210) 493‐7884

Grace House provides faith‐based transitional housing for women. A screening process is used, which includes an application and interview. Individuals with sex offenses and those on electronic monitors or psychiatric medications are not accepted. Grace House provides a six‐month program, and no deposit is required.

 

Haven for Hope

1 Haven for Hope Way
San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 220‐2100

Website: www.havenforhope.org

Haven for Hope provides comprehensive services - including housing - for men and women free of charge. Additional services offered at its campus include eye, dental, and medical care, education, job training, day care, substance abuse treatment, ID recovery, and case management.

 

Living Stones

1306 North Hackberry
San Antonio, TX 78202
Phone: (210) 472‐1415

Living Stones provides faith‐based transitional housing for men and women. Individuals with sex offenses, arsonists, and those on electronic monitors are not accepted. Rent is $65 per week, which includes an evening meal.

 

New Start

Salvation Army
515 West Elmira Street
San Antonio, TX 78212
Phone: (210) 352‐2000 ext. 247

New Start provides transitional housing for women. Residents are required to either work 40 hours per week or be a full time student (or both). Rent is 30% of income. Upon successful release from the program, individuals will get a portion of that rent money back. Individuals with sex offenses are not accepted, but those on electronic monitors are permitted. There is a two‐year maximum stay. New Start also assists men who are returning to society through a transitional career program.

 

Outcry in the Barrio

P.O. Box 37387
San Antonio, TX 78237
Phone: (210) 433‐0028

Outcry in the Barrio provides transitional housing services for men and women who do not have sex offenses and who are not on electronic monitors. Individuals on psychiatric medication or those with a serious medical condition are not currently accepted. Services are provided free of charge. There is no minimum or maximum stay.

 

Redemption Missions Ministries

626 East Quincy Street
San Antonio, TX 78215
Phone: (210) 267‐8502 or (210) 216‐6815

Website: www.redemptionmissionsministries.com

Redemption Missions Ministries provides housing for men. Individuals with sex offenses and those on electronic monitors are not accepted. Rent is $350 per month. There is no minimum or maximum stay.

 

San Antonio Fighting Back

2803 East Commerce Street
San Antonio, TX 78203
Phone: (210) 271‐7232

Website: www.safb.org

San Antonio Fighting Back provides transitional housing for men. Individuals with sex offenses are not accepted, but those on electronic monitors are permitted. Rent is $350 per month.

 

San Antonio For Christ

343 Spaatz Street
San Antonio, TX 78211
Phone: (210) 922‐4463

Website: www.sa4christ.org

San Antonio for Christ provides a 90‐day transitional housing program where participants attend a daily faith‐based drug and alcohol counseling session. Individuals with sex offenses and those on electronic monitors are not accepted. The program is free of charge unless residents are making an income.

 

Victory Gospel Spiritual Growth Center

1603 Montana Street
San Antonio, TX 78203
Phone: (210) 212‐6545

Victory Gospel Spiritual Growth Center provides transitional housing for men and women who do not have sex offenses and who are not on electronic monitors. Individuals on psychiatric medication or those who have a serious medical condition are also not accepted. The initial program lasts three to six months; following that, residents enter a work‐release ministry where they share rent with several other individuals before living on their own.

 

Victory Life Eastside

1245 Virginia Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78203
Phone: (210) 532‐4767

Victory Life Eastside provides transitional housing services for men. Individuals with sex offenses and those on psychiatric medication or with a serious medical condition are not currently accepted. There is a required stay of six months. No deposit or monthly charges are required.

 

Victory Outreach Church

4703 Goldfield Drive
San Antonio, TX 78218
Phone: (210) 531‐0090

Victory Outreach Church provides transitional housing services for individuals who do not have sex offenses and who are not on psychiatric medication. Individuals with violent offenses and those on electronic monitors are accepted. There is a requested stay of one year. No deposit or monthly charge for services is required.

 

Woman at the Well House

221 Post Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78215
Phone: (210) 472‐2787

Website: www.womanatthewellhouse.org

Woman at the Well House provides a safe, faith‐based living environment with food, clothing, counseling, in‐house programs, and access to community resources, including education, job training, and medical and dental care.

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The Night Before Prison: A Letter, by Lee Gutierrez

 
Progressive Prison Project
Innocent Spouse & Children Project
Greenwich, Connecticut 

The Night Before Prison: A Letter
by Lee Gutierrez
 
 
Lee Gutierrez was referred to us only one week before this letter was written and posted - he reports tomorrow to serve his eight-year prison sentence.  His is a story of how, on the path of one's spiritual transformation, it is never too late to seek help.  He wanted us to publish his letter in order to help others. 
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September 5, 2013
 
Mr. Jeff Grant
Director, Progressive Prison Project                       
15 East Putnam Ave
Greenwich, CT, 06830           
 
Dear Jeff,
 
I would like to thank you from the deepest part of my soul for helping me with the next steps of my life’s journey. As you know I will be going to prison for a significant amount of time and have been struggling with my thoughts of how to “survive”. I am someone who made a single mistake in my life; I have not had a criminal record since I reached my mid age of 49.
 
I am an alcoholic and have been struggling with my addiction for over 2 decades. This sickness had consumed me to the point where I was in denial; this denial caused me to have a horrific accident. The result is that I will be incarcerated for a significant part of my 50’s.
 
This past year has been a struggle for my mind and spirit; I was terrified of the unknown. What would it be like to be in a long term incarceration? I had been talking to people through Recovery that were kind enough to provide a small view of the “life inside” but never enough for me to understand what I would expect. Then through my outpatient counselor I was introduced to Rev. Jeff Grant and the Prison Progressive Project.
 
Although he is an minister he did not approach me as a religious figure. Having been someone who struggled in prison he understood the challenges and “society inside”. He has come out of it a better person physically, mentally and spiritually. He now dedicates his life to help people like me who have made mistakes and need help and support.
 
We spent an intense amount of time in such a short period to make sure my fears of the unknown were diminished and all my questions answered. I feel more at peace knowing what steps are going to happen, how to keep in control of what I can and how to assimilate into the “inmate culture”.
 
I urge you if you are like me; someone who is going into the penal system for the first time and would like to be as prepared as possible. Let Jeff and the Progressive Prison Project organization help you...it is going to save my life.
 
Respectfully,
 
German L. Gutierrez 
 
_________________
 
Rev. Jeff Grant, JD, M Div 
Director, Progressive Prison Project/
Innocent Spouse & Children Project
Greenwich, Connecticut

Assoc. Minister/ 
Director of Prison Ministries
First Baptist Church of Bridgeport
126 Washington Avenue, 1st Fl. 
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604

(203) 339-5887
[email protected]
[email protected]  
progressiveprisonproject.org