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The Center: A Reentry Resource For All

The Center serves formerly incarcerated people, the family members and friends who support and rely on them, and anyone whose life has been affected by the carceral system. 

While most reentry organizations and services focus narrowly on employment, housing, or recovery from substance use, and exclusively serve people on parole or probation, The Center takes a holistic approach to reentry, supporting individual wellness, personal growth, and community integration in ways that benefit anyone exiting the carceral system, their network of family members and friends, and the community at large. 

The Center offers in-person and virtual courses, workshops, and peer support groups designed to help people navigate common challenges associated with reentry — from learning new technologies to navigating old and new relationships. What is often an overwhelming process instead becomes a foundation for personal growth and well-being with benefits for individuals, families, and the community at large. 

The Center’s in-person offerings are located in Alameda County, California; virtual offerings are national in reach. For residents of Alameda County, The Center also provides individually tailored assistance and referrals to local organizations and service providers.

Current Course Offerings:

Trauma-Informed Care (in-person) Training Series: This four-session training series focuses on trauma-informed care and will be offered to the following cohorts:

  • Reentry service providers (February-March); 
  • Those with justice involvement/lived experience (March-April); and 
  • Community/family members who live with or care for those with justice involvement (April-May) . 

For each cohort, there will be one core training class with three follow up sessions. The sessions will fuel the participants’ ability to better navigate and/or support reentry navigation  through a trauma-informed lens, expand their professional and social network, and grow their support system.

The sessions are in-person and will be held at 2930 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610. While the course is offered at no cost, spaces are limited. For more information and to express your interest in participating, complete the interest form here.

Register for the Training Series

Coming Back Soon:

Reentry Coaching (virtual): Meet individually with our Reentry Specialist who can provide guidance on your specific reentry challenges. Learn about and get connected with the various reentry resources available within your county. This assistance is completely free and should be utilized for anyone who is on a reentry journey. Reentry Coaching is available on Wednesday’s from 10:00am-4:00pm PT. 

Sign up for a reentry coaching session

Digital Literacy Workshop for Job Readiness (in-person): This two-session workshop will cover the basics of digital literacy and communication with an emphasis on job readiness. Topics will include: 

  • Basic smartphone and laptop usage;
  • Navigating the “smart” aspects of your phone (texts and emails); and
  • Writing a professional email.  

Bring your own device, or we can provide you with one to use during the session. For more information and to express your interest in participating, complete the interest form here.


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