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1 The Fontana Re-entry Support Team (FRST) and San Bernardino County Workforce Development and Workforce Investment Board “The FRST Step Towards Success”

2 History Coleman and Plata Court Decisions AB 109 PRCS- Post Release Community Supervision State burden passed on to counties and local communities Fontana Police Department, San Bernardino County Workforce Development Developed, and California State Employment Department

3 Target Population Parole Probation No formal Supervision but criminal history “Pre-Offender” Status

4 Needs Assessment Highlights Nearly all categories surveyed were identified as being important upon release Category% Rated Category as Important Health89% Food88% Housing84% Clothing86% Transportation86% Employment90% Education82% Family reunification 83% Case management 78% Legal77% Linking services 83%

5 Program Set Up FRST Resource Meetings every 2 nd Monday of each month Re-entry Class at Rancho ERC immediately following on Tue, Wed, Thurs. Graduation ceremony on Thursday Appointments made with WDS Advisor

6 Our Successes 375 clients have attended the FRST resource meetings 256 clients have completed the 3 day Re-entry Program 106 Job Placements 88 Clients back to work Rancho Cucamonga ERC has a very successful format for the 3 day Re-entry Class Rialto Police Department RRST

7 Client Success Stories “I wanted to personally thank you for making me feel like a citizen rather than a convict…It was the caring nature of the FRST Team (you all)…that made me see that I could become a productive citizen once again.” – Shannon Mueller

8 Client Success Stories “Thank you guys so much for all you have done for me. I couldn’t have done any of the things I’ve accomplished without you and the FRST program. It does work. I’m living proof.” – Charles Johnson

9 Client Success Stories “I would like to thank everyone in the re- entry program. What you are doing for people in my situation I believe is a true blessing from God and I will always feel a great appreciation for the help you gave me.” – Alfred Licerio

10 Client Success Stories “Thank you for taking the time to follow up with me…this is a good start to restoring my faith and continuing my journey for success, also thank you for caring. Actions like this give people like me hope and encouragement to do the right thing. I will reach for the moon and if I miss I will definitely get a star!” – Brooke Dennis

11 Client Success Stories “Thanks to the re-entry program, I am now working 68 hours per week!” – Gabriel Flores

12 Client Success Stories “I [have] been working since late November and things are great…I always give credit to FRST for helping me, so thank you a lot.” – Daniel Viveros

13 Client Success Stories “Thank you for your continued support and all that you’ve done for me and the other guys in my situation. The resources and support provided through your department and [WDD]/EDD do make a difference. The re-entry program provided the necessary tools I needed to be successful. Organizations like yours and people like you mean the world.” – Daniel Romero

14 WDD/FRST Resources Provided Day Bus Passes Day Bus Passes 23 Vouchers/Assistance with Clothing 887 Employment Referrals 12 Forklift Licenses 40 Gas Cards 487 Health Referrals 233 Shelter Referrals 7 Clients in Professional Trade Schools

15 Our Challenges Funding/Staffing  ERC  Police Department Growing capacity for police department client referrals as they come on board Realignment and the need for services is a statewide issue

16 FRST Video

17 Multi Agency Synergy

18 What’s Needed Now WIB, WDD, America’s Job Center of California, and Law Enforcement Collaboration across the state More Federal and State Support to County Workforce Development to support re-entry programs WDD throughout state to implement re-entry classes specific to their demographic needs. Plan for capacity as more L/E agencies come online.

19 Questions?

20 Contact Information Officer Chris Wessman   Officer Nathan Weiske   CPT Heather Howard   WDD Supervisor Grace Cleveland   WDD Advisor Brenda Sowers   WDD Advisor Paul Lindenberg   SB County Probation Officer Adrian Williams   Corporal Gregory Marquez  Gregory Marquez 


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