Fostering the development and growth of Reentry Professionals. You make a DIFFERENCE. We make it EASIER.

Our History

Since 2005, individuals representing employers, educators, faith-based & tribal organizations, social service providers, and government agencies began meeting to better understand how to overcome the obstacles ex-offenders face after being convicted of a felony crime and became known as the “Second Chance Network”.

Conducting monthly networking meetings, participants share strategies and tactics found to improve the success rate of ex-offender job placement and retention. It became quickly apparent that job placement and retention success was not possible without understanding and addressing the hurdles ex-offenders face in obtaining affordable-safe housing, reliable transportation, health care, clothing and other core personal needs.

In 2009, the participants of the Second Chance Network decided to formalize and become a professional membership organization in order to promote ethical standards in the industry, as well as, serve the dedicated individuals that work as professionals in reentry. The organization was incorporated as a not-for-profit entity and changed the name to the “Association of Reentry Professionals” to better reflect the goals of the organization.