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Reentry Resources for Returning Citizens, their families, and loved ones: Home

This LibGuide contains information for individuals formally incarcerated or detained in county, state, or federal institutions, and are returning to or living in the state of Massachusetts.
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  Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left.  
       ~Hubert Humphrey

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This LibGuide has been compiled by librarians and library staff at the Boston Public Library from community partners and online sources. Links are verified and fact-checked on a semi-annual basis, however, they may change at any time. Please contact the organizations you are interested in directly to verify that they are the right fit for you or your loved one.

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This LibGuide contains information for individuals formally incarcerated or detained in county, state, or federal institutions, and are returning to or living in the state of Massachusetts. It is designed for adults transitioning back into their communities, their loved ones, and support networks seeking out state and local resources to assist with transitional and re-entry needs. This guide is not meant to provide expert, legal, or medical advice. Its intention is to provide the public with an informational resource that connects individuals to housing and employment agencies, educational service providers, social service providers, health and wellness centers, legal service and counseling organizations, helpful books, handouts, and more.

 

How to use this guide:

The tabs at the top of the page will allow you to navigate through the guide. This guide is also an educational resource and reference guide for librarians, library staff, and folks who want to help their patrons and fellow staff start to look at these resources. 

Helplines & Agencies

Boston 311

The Massachusetts Substance Abuse Hotline

(800) 327-505
Monday-Friday: 8am-10pm
Weekends: 8am-6pm

The Helpline is the only statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services. Helpline services are free and confidential. Our caring, trained Specialists will help you understand the treatment system and your options.

Mayor's Office of Returning Citizens

Aid to Incarcerated Mothers (AIM)

Community Resources for Justice

Department of Neighborhood Development