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Re-Entry: Restore, Rebuild, Renew

Re-Entry: Learn about the significant and difficult problems faced by ex-offenders during a multi-faceted program entitled, "Re-Entry: Restore, Rebuild, Renew," on Saturday, May 11 from 12 noon - 4 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Presented by the Library's African-American History Committee, the program will explore such issues as finding employment, re-establishing or disconnecting from family relationships, and alleviating habits that may have led to incarceration. The afternoon begins with a theatrical production by Nicole Kearney Productions dramatizing the real-life experiences of one offender, George Jackson, and his efforts to re-build his life following release from prison. This portrayal will take the audience on George's journey to restore relationships and re-enter the workforce.

Immediately following the production, several notable community leaders will participate in a discussion on local strategies and resources. These include Olgen Williams, Indianapolis Deputy Mayor; Dr. Willie Jenkins, Re-Entry Administrator in the Office of Mayor Ballard; Ron Scruggs, Chief Transportation Officer, Recycle Force; Brian Williams, Pastor of Missions & Outreach, North United Methodist Church; and Rick Rosales, Community Liaison, Re-Entry Educational Facility.

The program will conclude with a community service fair featuring social service organizations sharing information about services for ex-offenders and their families. Organizations include IndyGo; Parole Diaries; MLK Community Center; Project Grace; Training, Inc.; and Recycle Force. Recycle Force also will have a recycling container for individuals to dispose of their electronics.

This program is sponsored by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

For more information about this free Library program, call 275-4099 or visit