Resource fair will explore ways to help newly released offenders, others succeed

September 6, 2018

POCATELLO — An event aimed at making Idaho safer by helping newly released inmates succeed after they are released from prison is coming up next month in Pocatello. Now is the time for organizations that wish to participate to register.

The event is the first annual Community Information and Resource Fair patterned after the successful events in Boise and Idaho Falls. The fair will provide representatives from community organizations and government agencies an opportunity to network and explore ways they can work together to reduce recidivism. The fair will also provide a forum to explore ways to help people who have not been convicted of a crime but need help with issues like addiction, mental illness, housing, transportation and employment.

The fair will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Clarion Inn, 1399 Bench Rd. in Pocatello.

The participants will include:

Secular and faith-based organizations offering recovery programs, transition and support services

City, county and state government agencies and law enforcement

Non-profit organizations providing such items as clothing and bikes to those in need

Organizations offering self-help programs, food, clothing, housing and referrals

Community mental health and medical services

Veterans resources

The purpose of the fair is to:

· Offer a networking forum for community organizations to promote and learn about transition, re-entry, and support services for offenders returning to the community and those in the community who stand in need of assistance

· Provide case managers, ex-offenders, families, parole/probation officers, volunteers, mentors, and workforce and employment consultants an opportunity to identify and understand available community resources

· Identify offender-friendly resources to enhance existing resource manuals

· Educate the public of the critical need to develop sustainable partnerships to ensure safe communities in Idaho

Organizations that wish to exhibit their resources and services can register at:


There is no cost to reserve a table, but space is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information contact, Ben Passanando: bpassana@idoc.idaho.gov (208) 237-9194 x 234 or Jeff Kirkman: jkirkman@idoc.idaho.gov (208) 658-2073.

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