Martorella: Consider the kids

October 10, 2018 by Darien Times -- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Having worked with domestic violence victims and offenders for over a decade, I feel compelled to use this space to address this concern each year. It is critical that we remain educated...

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2018 Appeal Letter

November 9, 2018 “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ― Melody...

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Within the ‘Hood

-- By Icy Frantz -- Growing up, screen time in my family’s home was limited. There were not many screens to manage, but the one screen, an old fashioned deep-set tv in our family room, was strictly regulated by my mother, not so much for content but for amount of time...

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Bridgeport welcomes latest business in Eco-Technology Park

Reprinted from CT Post, Sept. 28, 2017 Thursday’s opening of a new business in the South End of Bridgeport was marked by second chances — for a building that’s been vacant for 17 years, for the recycled materials that will come from the facility and, most importantly,...

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Morris Elected Chairman of Family ReEntry Board

Bridgeport, CT -- (September 25, 2017) -- The Board of Directors of Family ReEntry, a nonprofit leader that assists families affected by the criminal justice system, today announced the unanimous election of Christian Morris as its new Board Chairperson. Morris takes...

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Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence

Congratulations to Family ReEntry's Board Chair Ronda Muir on the publication of her book, "Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence." It's the first comprehensive guide to understanding, using and raising emotional intelligence in the unique context of...

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Nonprofits are One Solution to the CT Budget Crisis

Congratulations to Family ReEntry Directors Tony Corso and Fred Hodges for your contributions to the Alliance's video explaining the efficiency, effectiveness and cost savings that Connecticut nonprofits provide. Fred has major screen time in this ad. We urge all to...

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Annual Back to School Drive for Children & Youth

Family ReEntry Youth is currently collecting donations for our Annual Back to School Drive for children & youth involved with our programs. For the last six years, we have launched a large scale collection for new backpacks and school supplies for youth served at...

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Family ReEntry’s Medina Recognized as Top Executive

Bridgeport, CT - (June 11, 2017) --- Family ReEntry proudly announces the recognition for Angela Medina as one of Fairfield County's Top Young Executives. Medina was selected to The 2017 Fairfield County Business Journal's "40 Under 40" List of Top Executives. Medina...

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PORTALS… walk through the internet – engage the world

Connecticut Prison Portals -- Portals are gold spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology. When you enter a Portal, you come face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal and can converse live and full-body, as if in the same room. For more information,...

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Family ReEntry’s 2016-17 Annual Appeal

The Problem Even as the Connecticut government is closing prisons and reducing the prison population to the lowest level since the 1970s – a good thing – the fiscal crisis has caused it to terminate the funding for and close EVERY community-based nonresidential...

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Family ReEntry Announces New Board Members

Bragg, Light and Morris Elected to Board Bridgeport, CT - (May 22, 2017) -- Family ReEntry, a nonprofit leader that assists families affected by the criminal justice system, today announced the appointment of three key new board members, who will help guide the...

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Correcting Corrections in Connecticut

By Steve Hawkins -- NB: This is part of a series of interviews conducted by Steve Hawkins, president of the Coalition for Public Safety, featuring individuals taking the initiative to change the justice system within their sphere of influence. How deeply should brain...

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The Art of Surviving Prison

The Nantucket Project -- Jeff Grant is a minister, activist, social ethicist and author. As Director of the Progressive Prison Project in Greenwich, and Assoc. Minister/Director of Prison Ministries of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport Connecticut, Jeff is...

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What does it mean to be a father?

Composed by Fathers for Change client and IPV-FAIR Clinician Sonya Klein --   What does it mean to be a father? It means everything... I’m only here because I need to know they are okay Fathers... Console their kids Make sure their needs are met Show them how to do...

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Workshop at the CMCA Reentry Conference

We Recently Lead a Workshop at the CMCA Reentry Conference Philadelphia, PA -- Jeffrey Abramowitz and Jeff Grant lead "You Got to Have Faith: An Inside Look at Reentry" at the 5th Annual Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Assn. Summit. Workshop was held on May 5th,...

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Envisioning a First Chance Society

by Jeff Grant, JD, M Div & Sarah Diamond, PhD --   "Supporting a Second Chance Society with First Chance Opportunities" Last fall, the Directors of Family ReEntry viewed a TED Talk by Dan Pallotta titled, "The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong."  In his...

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Blue Coupe Rocks for Family ReEntry

Fairfield CT - (April 17, 2017) -- Blue Coupe, with some help of the talented young musicians from School of Rock (Fairfield) as the Opening Act, rocked the FTC Warehouse on Thursday night in support of Family ReEntry, a nonprofit leader that assists families affected...

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Panelists at a Screening of the Movie “13th”

Family ReEntry Discussion Panelists at a Screening of the Movie "13th," Sat., April 8, 12 - 4 pm -- Action Together New Haven has invited Family ReEntry to be discussion panelists after a screening of this important movie about prison slavery in America. Moderator:...

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What’s the Use of Regret?

Gordon Marino, The New York Times -- Cover art: Leigh Wells -- Originally Published in THE STONE, Nov. 12, 2016 -- Some thinkers have portrayed regret as a humanizing emotion. The 20th-century moral philosopher Bernard Williams pointed out that, in instances where a...

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The PTSD I Couldn’t See

By Amy Oestreicher, Guest Blogger --   Originally Published Feb. 14, 2017 -- I grew up thinking an “illness” was either a fever or croup. Illness was a stuffy nose – a sick-day, an excuse to miss a day of school. At 18 years old, “illness” took on an entirely...

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Child Of An Incarcerated Parent

by Melissa Tanis --   Reprinted from Prisonist.org, Jan. 22, 2015 --     We asked Melissa to write a guest blog for prisonist.org after she contacted us looking for a job.  She sent us one of the most poignant, movingand authentic pieces we have everhad the honor of...

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Story of a Woman Returning from Prison

Surviving Danbury FCI --   by Jacqueline Polverari - Guest Blogger     I don’t think I could ever remember a time in my past life where I was truly satisfied or even happy with myself.  I had a continuing need to prove myself to my father, a constant need to please...

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