The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) along with WestCare California and the Butte County Office of Education last week sponsored a parolee resource fair in Fresno.
Parolees met with vendors from public and private educational institutions, community program representatives, substance abuse and mental health treatment programs, and major employers and apprenticeships.
“The Fresno Resource Fair was a fantastic success,” said DAPO District Administrator Ralph Piearcy. “With almost 400 parolees and 27 vendors attending the opportunities to connect the right people with the right services were definitely in place”
The fair was the latest in a series of CDCR outreach efforts to help parolees get help with needs such as housing, health care and jobs.
The resource fair was sponsored by CDCR’s Division of Rehabilitative Programs, Community Reentry and Services team as well as CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations.
Twenty-five parole agents assisted in the fair.
WestCare California helps provide employment and other important services to parolees. The Butte County Office of Education, which runs the Cal Trans Work Abatement Programs, also helped sponsor the resource fair.
Exhibitors who attended the parolee resource fair included CalViva Health, The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry, District Council 16 International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Northern California Laborers Training Center, community substance abuse and mental health treatment programs, and community educational programs.
The fair resulted in several parolees filling out job applications on the spot and piqued even more interest to take advantage of educational and trade opportunities.
The parolee resource fairs aim to help offenders gather information about job, housing, and community-based rehabilitative resource opportunities that will help them be successful in their transition back into society.
The event was held at the Fresno Parole Complex.
For more information on what CDCR is doing to help provide rehabilitative opportunities for offenders, check out the CDCR website.