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Probation and Parole to Host Resource Fair

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The Missouri Board of Probation and Parole and STAR will hold their annual Resource Fair on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church (5515 Martin Luther King Dr, St. Louis, MO 63112). Doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come out to meet and network with fellow social service, health, education, substance abuse, mental health, and employment professionals from across the St. Louis City and County, and St. Charles areas.

RSVP to Cynthia Collier at (314) 340-6999 ext. 238 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

STAR Recognized for "Restorative Justice"

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St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR) was recognized with a "Restorative Justice" award from Center for Women in Transition at the Beautiful Transformations Dinner and Auction on May 30, 2014.

The dinner and auction honored three other organizations and individuals in addition to STAR for making a difference in reentry, both within Center for Women in Transition and across the State of Missouri. STAR's mission is to integrate successful intervention principles and practices resulting in collaborative partnerships that enhance ex-offender self-sufficiency, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety and community health in St. Louis City and County.

ARCHS serves as the co-chair of STAR, providing strategic management support services.

PHOTO GALLERY: STAR AWARD

Missouri Reentry Conference Set for November 19-21

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The 2014 Missouri Reentry Conference will be held November 19-21 at The Lodge of the Four Seasons (315 Four Seasons Dr., Lake Ozark, MO 65049). The Conference fee is $125 (deadline October 24), which increases to $135 after the deadline.

Online registration opens early August.

The annual Conference is sponsored by Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS), Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri Department of Social Services, and Family and Community Trust (FACT).

Free Chef Classes Being Offered for Female Ex-Offenders

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ARCHS is offering a limited number of scholarships for female ex-offenders to attend a special eight week culinary course at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park and receive support services.

Eligibility Criteria for ARCHS' Culinary Institute:
​• Must be a non-sex offender or non-violent offender currently under supervision
• Must be a female over the age of 18
• Must have a high school diploma or GED
• Must be willing to attend four classes a week for eight weeks

If you would like to make a referral, please contact Gail Dickson at 314-289-5630 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Culinary Institute is funded by ARCHS and Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis.

STAR Summit Highlights Area Reentry Efforts

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The Fifth Annual St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR) Summit welcomed more than 200 area reentry experts to discuss "Lessons From the Field" on March 12, 2014 at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley. Senior Fellow for the Justice Policy Center at The Urban Institute Shelli B. Rossman spoke about effective responses to offenders and families as part of the keynote address.

In addition, information was provided by City of St. Louis Mayor's Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, and ARCHS' Chief Executive Officer Wendell E. Kimbrough.

The afternoon featured a presentation by Diversion Progam Manager for the U.S. Department of Justice Scott Collier on The Impact of Prescription & Designer Drugs on Reentry, and two panel discussions on Veterans & Reentry and Housing & Reentry.

The annual Summit is sponsored by ARCHS, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, Missouri Department of Corrections, St. Louis Community College, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis City, and St. Louis County.

STAR SUMMIT VIDEO