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By Joia Williamson
The St. Louis American
At the recent St. Louis Alliance for Reentry Summit, a crowd of 275 learned about different area programs designed to help ex-offenders become productive, employed members of society.
Culinary workers who recently graduated from a program at Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS), the principal organizer of the summit, gave attendees an understanding of what ex-offenders go through in trying to move from incarceration to employment.
Sarah McCoy is one of 10 ex-offenders who recently graduated from ARCHS’ culinary training program, cosponsored by St. Louis Community College and Job Corps.
“It’s a process,” McCoy said of job training and reentry. “You can’t lose focus. It’s even harder getting back into society. It isn’t gonna be open arms.”
St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley, City of St. Louis Police Chief Daniel Isom and St. Louis County Police Chief Timothy Fitch all spoke about issues faced by ex-offender reentry, along with state sheriffs, correctional workers and community advocates.
“The ex-offenders still need assistance and don’t know the simple things like tying a tie and some don’t even have a G.E.D,” said ARCHS Chief Executive Officer Wendell E. Kimbrough.