• Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

Families Inc. makes donation, helps further mission of NEA Reentry Coalition


JONESBORO, Ark- The Northeast Arkansas Reentry Coalition received a donation on Wednesday that will help further their mission.


Families Incorporated donated a $250 dollar check to the Northeast Arkansas Reentry Coalition. The coalition says the funds will be used to help offenders get back on their feet.


“We identified that we needed to assist people with getting identification and birth certificates. In doing that, we were asking companies to sponsor individuals for that at twenty-five dollars a person. And so Families Inc. has taken on to sponsor ten people in getting their ID and birth certificate,” says coalition co-chair, Christa Glover.


Glover says she’s thankful for the donation.


Dawn Layer, marketing director for Families Inc. says it was a no-brainer to contribute.


“We want to give back,” Layer said. “We want to be a strong community, and we can’t do that if these folks can’t get ahead in life. And so, we want to be able to help with that.”


The coalition works to integrate people back into society after incarceration through resources with finding housing, a job, transportation, and more.


They also educate the public on the needs of those who re-enter the community.


One woman who went through the reentry program after being released from prison says the donation will make an impact beyond the dollar sign.


“Oh, I’m very excited and so grateful. This money is going to go directly to getting ten people their identification and birth certificate. Which I said previously is going to help give them that positive, give them that confidence to keep moving forward, and it just brings a lot of hope for those people,” Janelle Toms


The Northeast Arkansas Reentry Coalition plans on hosting an expungement clinic next month. We will be sure to update you on that clinic once a date is announced.


To learn more about the reentry coalition you can visit their Facebook page, (4) Northeast Arkansas Reentry Coalition | Facebook



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