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Welcome to the Coming Home Reentry Resource Directory.

This Directory is a compilation of services available to previously incarcerated citizens returning to or living in communities in Greater Boston. The Directory presents important information for returning citizens, corrections practitioners and policymakers, as well as those with an interest in accessing services for returning citizens, including their families and friends, volunteers and other service providers. This Directory is presented by the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) at Community Resources for Justice (CRJ) with generous support from the Gardiner Howland Shaw Foundation.

What is the Purpose of the Directory?
The purpose of the Directory is to assist returning citizens, their families, service providers and local agencies in helping ex-offenders improve their chances of success in the community by connecting them to services important for stability and success.

The transition of individuals from incarceration to the community is a difficult time and this transition affects their families and the communities to which they return. The needs of the population returning from prison or jail can present significant obstacles to achieving stability. Yet, there are many services and agencies in these communities that provide the type of assistance that can mean the difference between a returning citizen’s success and a return to prison or jail. This effort is intended to identify and describe these services and distribute this information to as broad an audience as possible.

Who is the Directory for?
The Directory is primarily intended to benefit the following people and groups:

  • Returning Citizens
  • Families and friends of returning citizens
  • Service providers
  • Corrections practitioners
  • State and local agencies that provide services to people including returning citizens
  • Policymakers interested in criminal justice and social service systems
  • Researchers examining the services available to returning citizens in Massachusetts

Directory Limitation
The agencies listed in the Directory and on the website are not the only resources available. We have tried to include all appropriate agencies and organizations; however, some information may prove to be missing.

It is our intent to expand this list as more information is made available. To do this, we rely on the community of providers and users to assist us in maintaining accurate and relevant information. If you recognize inaccuracies about a service or agency in this Directory or on the website, or if you know of or are part of an agency you think should be included, please notify the editors. Update requests can be submitted via email or fax by submitting a completed “Agency Update/Addition” form located in the back of this Directory. You can also find copies of the form on the website by visiting the “Documents” webpage. The website is updated as quickly as possible and includes the most recent information available. The printed version of the Directory is updated annually.

The Directory is designed to connect people to services. The information for each organization in the printed version and on the website has been provided by the service provider or from the organization’s website. The editors cannot and do not vouch for the accuracy or quality of the services available.

Community Resources for Justice

At Community Resources for Justice, we believe that society gains when all people receive the support and tools they need to lead responsible, productive, and dignified lives.

For 140 years, some of society’s most overlooked citizens have benefited from the programs we provide. Our work is divided into three divisions, each with a distinct practice area and population served:

  • Social Justice Services serves men and women transitioning out of prison and back into the community through a network of six residential reentry centers operated under contracts with federal, state, and county agencies. The division also runs a residential program for young adults with complex clinical needs.
  • Community Strategies supports adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities to live as independently as possible through a range of community-based residential options offering structure in a caring, home-like environment, as well as day programs.
  • The Crime and Justice Institute is a national-scale consulting practice that works with elected officials, justice system practitioners, policy makers, and thought leaders to effect significant reforms to promote safety and justice.

CRJ is a 501c3 non-profit organization.