2018 Reentry Workshop

  1. Building Your Credit, February 1, 2018: SADO Assistant Defender Sofia Nelson offered tips around understanding credit, what factors can affect one’s credit, and how to build good credit. Attendees learned how to check their credit report and credit score, and began to think about financial planning for the future. 

  2. Building Positive Relationships, February 21, 2018: Rae Johnson from the Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency (OLHSA) spoke to individuals about love, communication, support, courtship, and respect in relationships of all types. 

  3. Taxpayer Tips, March 21, 2018: Students and Professor Nicole Appleberry from the University of Michigan Law School Low Income Taxpayer Clinic spoke to attendees about basic tax information, best practices for tracking income, various income tax credits, common scams, and where to turn to for help. 

  4. Family Day and Celebration, May 20, 2018: Clients and their families enjoyed a home cooked meal while hearing about the Smart Justice Campaign from ACLU's Field Director, Rodd Monts. We also celebrated expecting mother and client Kimberly Simmons before she welcomed her new baby girl. 

  5. Eastern Market Workshop, June 24, 2018: Christine Quane from Detroit’s Eastern Market discussed various programs that promote healthy eating on a budget. She was also able to speak generally about Fresh Wagon routes, bus routes to the market, double up opportunities for the bridge card, and connecting with local food movement efforts.

  6. The Restaurant Opportunities Center, July 22, 2018: Allen Lee, the director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), discussed the various opportunities available within the restaurant industry. Mr. Lee facilitated a dialogue about how individuals can use their transferable skills to be successful in multiple roles within the restaurant industry. 

  7. Yoga and Mindfulness, September 23, 2018: Certified yoga instructor, Gayatri Mohan-Iyengar taught our clients numerous grounding breathing exercises, mindfulness practices, and gentle yoga tips. This workshop served as a great segue into thinking about mental health and practical ways to improve it in your daily life. 

  8. Mental Wellness, November 18, 2018: The Western Michigan University Counseling Psychology Graduate Student Organization facilitated a discussion about common mental health experiences following incarceration and options for resources and counseling.

  9. Community Holiday and Graduation Celebration, December 11, 2018: Project Reentry hosted a community holiday and graduation celebration for the graduating members of SADO's Project Reentry team. 
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