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Lancaster Re-Entry Coalition

The Lancaster Re-Entry Coalition provides resources, mentoring and opportunities for individuals who are returning to the community after incarceration.


Before Release from Prison

  • Roadmap to Successful Reentry, a helpful guide distributed to all inmates upon incarceration
  • Brief Reentry Planning – 1:1 planning sessions to identify needs and resources
  • Lancaster Reentry Course
    A 12-hour course that Covers managing money, housing, transportation, health, mental health, addiction/relapse prevention, trauma, probation/parole, family/parenting responsibilities, employment resources, etc.

After Release from Prison

  • Immediate reentry needs
  • Navigation/resource referrals
  • Successful Returning Citizens Group
    Meets every Wednesday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 701 North Lime Street, Lancaster. The group is peer-led by facilitators who were formerly incarcerated. Community mentors participate in the group and provide coaching to returning citizens.


Lancaster Re-Entry Coalition provides services to anyone who is returning to the community after incarceration.


Carrie Kurtz, Lancaster Re-Entry Coalition Coordinator
Email: Phone: (717) 723-1075

How Can I Help? Bags of Love

People coming out of prison often have nothing but the clothes on their backs. They face a staggering number of requirements and obligations. They often lack the most basic necessities, things we take for granted, like a toothbrush and toothpaste, a bar of soap, washcloth and towel, a comb or brush. Most of the items can be purchased at Dollar Tree for a total cost of $20 or less per bag (including the bag itself!) Some of the listed items can be purchased in multi-packs to help fill multiple bags of love.

One of these “Bags of Love” containing basic items can make a world of difference for a Returning Citizen.

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