Our goal is to help you help yourself

What is Re-entry?

Re-entry involves the use of programs targeted at promoting the effective reintegration of offenders back to communities upon release from prison and jail. Re-entry programming, which often involves a comprehensive case management approach, is intended to assist offenders in acquiring the life skills needed to succeed in the community and become law-abiding citizens. A variety of programs are used to assist offenders in the Re-entry process, including prerelease programs, drug rehabilitation and vocational training, and work programs.

What is the purpose of the Re-entry program at EOPA?

It is a program designed to assist individuals released from the Ohio Department of Corrections returning home to Lucas County to succeed in our community.

What is in it for me?

What do I have to do?


What kind of help will I receive?

You will have a network of resources to help you and your families get together again and connect with your community. Some of these services include: housing, employment readiness training, mental health and substance abuse, family relations, finances, transportation, legal services, community relations etc.

What are the services provided by the Re-entry Department?

Employment Readiness Training (ERT)

This 2 week program is crafted to prepare ex-offenders with non-traditional "job-readiness" techniques to assist them in securing employment by further enhancing skills in the following areas:

ABLE/GED Program

Classes are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays | 9:30 am - 12:00 noon.
Instructor : Chuck Tucker: 419.242.7304, Ext. 1500

Financial Literacy

The best place to learn the financial planning process and how to budget your money.
Instructor : Claudia Rodriguez-Salazar: 419.242.7304, Ext. 1155

The Ridge Project ~ Tyro Dads

This 10 week program teach the fathers to own responsibility for their actions, and prepare them to overcome the obstacles of their incarceration and transition back into their homes and communities successfully and permanently. Upon successful completion of this session, a father earns the title of TYRO, which means a warrior, or someone learning something new. These fathers now stand as warriors for their families; defending their children and their legacies, embracing their role as father as the highest call on their life. (10 weeks)
For more information contact : Tiffany Reynolds, 419.242.7304, Ext. 2925


Robert Saldana
"It's a good program that helps ex-offenders."

Dana Hummer
"I thank this program for giving me the opportunity to be normal back into society."

Barbara Gaston
"This would be a good place to start if you want to change your life and re-enter society."

Antonio Wilburn
"This is a great program and I think that more people should get involved."

Chris Goodwin
"Tiffany is a great job coach. The information obtained here was very helpful to me. I believe everyone not only ex-offenders should have an opportunity to get into this program"

Does the Re-entry Department help ex-offenders secure a job?

The Re-entry team with EOPA is dedicated in helping people help themselves in pursing employment. We do not merely give a list of jobs to potential applicants but we provide clients with the tools to seek jobs of which they qualify.

Does the Re-entry Department assist ex-offenders with housing?

We assist our customers in locating and receiving housing. Several of our customers are unaware of who to go to and the process for obtaining low income, assisted, and or public housing. Our customers are referred to LMHA, NPI, Focus, transitional housing, and private low income renters. We also assist our clients in filing appeals when they are turned down from initial applications to public housing.

Golden Opportunity

The golden opportunity you are looking for is in yourself. It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others, it is in yourself alone.