Building a Future After Incarceration
After serving a 16-year prison sentence, John was released on a summer morning in 2014.  He reported to "intake" at the Marion County Parole and Probation Office, who encouraged him to visit Community Action’s De Muniz Resource Center to learn about the support he could get to "reenter" the community. 
John's criminal offense had resulted in the death of his brother, and family tensions remained high.   After 16 years, housing and employment were on his mind.  On his first visit to the De Muniz Resource Center they were able to help him find a place to live. But the community he left behind in 1998 was different now - and so was he.   At the Resource Center, he found people who understood the journey he had been on - and the one he was poised to enter. No one told him it would be easy, but they did say they would be there to support him.  John owned his past; and he was beginning to get a handle on his future. His risk assessment and employment screening helped Marion County Reentry Initiative partners design a plan to carry him into his role as a productive member of the community.  Within just a few months of his release John learned how to work with the Parole and Probation Division, he learned what it would take to get his GED, and he had the idea to get his Commercial Driver License. With support and resources from the De Muniz Resource Center, John gained employment and a steady income, and he was able to set longer term goals to complete his training and obtain a Commercial Driver License.

To many, it all sounds so simple; so straight forward. However, for many coming out of prison it is anything but simple.  With support from the De Muniz Resource Center John was not only able to envision a plan for his future, he was able to achieve it.  
 
Community Action’s DeMuniz Resource Center is part of the Marion County Reentry Initiative (MCRI), and receives support from United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley through a 2013-2015 Collaborative Grant. The MCRI is collaborative effort involving community corrections, education, law enforcement and non-profit agencies working together to rebuild lives, promote community safety and save taxpayer money by breaking the cycle of criminal activity.  Mentoring and services include access to legal, medical, educational and employment assistance as well as resources for housing, transportation, family reunification and more.