Judy is one busy lady. Her days are filled with job interviews, volunteering and applications to colleges to complete her degree in criminal justice. Her ultimate goal is to attend law school and have a career advocating for people’s rights.
Not long ago Judy was serving five years probation for a felony conviction. The conviction cost her job, car and home. She found herself homeless for four years, one of which she spent living in a storage unit. Despondent, she attempted suicide.
But Judy’s life turned around when she connected with the United Way supported Summit County Reentry Network. She found a support group and a landlord willing to take a chance on her. She earned her Certificate of Qualification for Employment and is in the process of having her conviction expunged. Most importantly, Judy has rediscovered her self-confidence.
The Reentry Network offers help to the 2,500 released felons who return to Summit County each year to obtain housing, employment, transportation, education and counseling. And like Judy, hope for the future.