In 2008, K. was released from prison, having had a history of opiate addiction. He lived at the Transitional Living Center in Lancaster for several months, and completed several employment training programs at PA CareerLink of Lancaster County, including Ready2Work, welding and blueprint training. His welding instructor was so impressed with K. that he hired K. as a part time student teacher, then helped K. get a full-time job with a local manufacturing company. But in June, 2012, K. was laid off from his job, and with no income to pay his rent, he was evicted from his apartment. Things spiraled downward from there.
By August, K. was living in a tent under a bridge, unemployed, with no drivers license, and struggling with his opiate addiction.
Knowing that he'd been able to get help through CareerLink before, K. came back to CareerLink. There, Todd Blankenstein, one of CareerLink's Reentry Employment Specialists, recommended that K. enter the RMO's intensive case-management based program.
In September, 2012, K. entered the RMO program, where he was assigned to an RMO case manager, and provided with transitional housing through the Transitional Living Center, so that he had stable housing before engaging in a job search. His RMO case manager helped K. develop a comprehensive Service Plan and set goals for himself.
Later that month, he was placed in a landscaping job through the help of Todd Blankenstein and Andrew Sheely at CareerLink.
K's situation started to improve as he started working and saving money. Though he was laid off from the landscaping job late in the fall, he was able to quickly get placed in another job in construction, and continued to save money toward getting his own apartment and becoming self sufficient.
Though he relapsed briefly in December, 2012, K. and his RMO case manager worked with his D&A provider to develop a strict accountability plan to get him back on track. Since that time, K. has been doing very well with his recovery, is making payments against his fines and costs, and recently moved into permanent housing through TLC.
K. has set new goals for himself: to focus over the coming year on making sure he's self sufficient enough and maintaining his recovery enough to obtain his own apartment, be on his own and stay clean.
To meet those goals, he deposits money regularly into a housing savings account, he goes to the TLC front desk at least 3 times per week to request to be drug tested, and he attends weekly recovery programs.
His case manager describes K. as "an all-around excellent TLC citizen."
To learn more about the importance and impact of supportive reentry programs like the RMO, we invite you to attend one of two very special events in Lancaster County on Wednesday, April 24th:
"Pull of Gravity: An Intimate Portrait of Reentry" - documentary film, speaker's panel and reentry services "expo" where agencies that offer programs and services for returning citizens and their families will have display tables with literature and professionals to talk with.
11:00AM - 1:00PM
The Ware Center of Millersville University
42 North Prince St
Lancaster, PA 17603
To register for the 11am-1pm event, go to:
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Clair Performance Hall at
Charles R. and Anita B. Winter
Visual and Performing Arts Center
60 West Cottage Ave
Millersville, PA 17551
To register for the 7pm-9pm event, go to:
The Pull of Gravity events are free and open to the public. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Don't miss this unique opportunity!
For more information about the film, see: http://www.pullofgravityfilm.com/#.
PLEASE NOTE: the documentary contains strong and graphic language, not suitable for children.