Rialto Re-entry program offers resources for former offenders

Rialto police are seeing success with the re-entry of ex-offenders into society after forming a support team to help bridge the gap between former inmates, employers and community resources readily available to them.

The effort–Rialto Re-Entry Support Team–offers a monthly information resource event open to those on probation, parole and county residents looking for employment, rehabilitation and outreach services.

The program, which is held the fourth Tuesday of each month with an upcoming resource event April 22 at the Rialto Recreation and Services Center basketball gym, is a multiagency collaboration between the Rialto Police Department, San Bernardino County Probation Department, the city’s faith based organizations, nonprofit community organizations, San Bernardino County’s Workforce Development Centers and Department of Behavioral Health, designed to assist, educate, treat addictions and transition active, post release citizens into the community.

The event begins at 10 a.m. Participants are asked to arrive by 8:45 a.m.

During the resource event participants have the opportunity to network with service providers and employers on a one-on-one basis to help receive the assistance necessary to successfully transition into the workforce or community, said Rialto police Cpl. Gregory Marquez, who coordinates the program.

Monthly, more than 15 vendors are available at the event offering services and assistance such as health care classes, counseling, job development, drug treatment programs and referrals to other services.

The ultimate goal of the program is to produce self-sufficient and law-abiding members of the community, he said.

“The hope is to keep them accountable,” Marquez said, of program participants.

Since the support team was formed in 2013, more than 150 people have been offered services, Marquez added.

“We’re offering help to those that want to be helped,” he said. “We can provide all the resources, but it’s up to them to take advantage of the assistance being offered. That’s why we’re doing this–to help break down those barriers and help people through the process.”

To learn more about the Rialto Re-Entry Support Team, programs and resources available, or attend the monthly information resource event at the Rialto Recreation and Services Center, 214 N. Palm Avenue in Rialto, call Cpl. Gregory Marquez at 909-421-4924 or email him at RRST@rialtopd.com.

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