ReEntry Alliance Pensacola (REAP) is a non-profit helping ex-prisoners, veterans, and the homeless re-enter society. They are providing newly released ex-convicts with free housing for the first few weeks to assist them in getting back up on their feet. They’ve helped individuals from the Florida state prison system and Escambia County jail to become crime-free and self-sufficient members of society. To provide men and women with temporary housing where they can find solitude and dignity during the stormy transitional phase following incarceration, there are residences in Escambia and Santa Rosa County. Customers are gradually phased out of the REAP residences as they attain financial independence, with the assistance of committed case workers and employment partners.
During July, REAP extended its services to the homeless by buying land and six buildings for $250,000. Executive director of ReEntry Alliance Pensacola Vinnie Whibbs thinks that the ever-growing homeless problem needs to be addressed by working gradually on one person or one family at a time. He also says that 25 homeless people are going to be moving into those buildings within a month. Also among those buildings will be offices for two nonprofit organizations that would help these homeless and other needy people in the area.
In Pensacola, Florida the homeless situation in 2021 had been increasing rapidly to the point that under the I-110 bridge a whole city was set up. But they were removed by authorities into temporary residencies with a lot of the homeless given jobs as well. In late July other non-profit organizations in the area are opening a homeless facility to house at least 50 people and provide them with services.
REAP has also assisted many of its clients to find employment in the landscape, construction, and food service jobs. Since most clients come to them with high-school level literacy they also refer clients to GED and higher education programs at different universities and technical colleges.
We know how difficult it is for an incarcerated person to start their lives without help. To support themselves they need jobs asap, but every job requires government identification and proof of an address. This is extremely difficult to achieve when you have been out recently with no home, no job, and no ID. You end up homeless which just exacerbates the problem. REAP and other such organizations in Pensacola City are working to resolve such issues. They provide referrals so that the incarcerated acquire an ID and temporary address so they can apply for jobs. It’s a much-needed help in difficult times. The incarcerated and homeless get jobs which consequently decreases rate of crimes
Now you can help REAP in its purpose to assimilate the homeless and incarcerated back into society by donating funds. if you have a friend or family who are need of services you can contact REAP on their website or telephone.
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