The following organizations and programs help people who are transitioning back to the community from incarceration, treatment for addictions, and so on. Some are public programs; others are private. They are listed in alphabetical order, and inclusion here does not indicate endorsement.
286 S. 600 East, Suite A, Provo, UT (after 8/31/21, moving to 42 E. 300 N., Spanish Fork, UT)
Building Beginnings is a nonprofit organization designed to help those in recovery from drugs and alcohol. They provide access to safe, affordable housing, meaningful employment, quality treatment, and transportation for those dedicated to recovery and becoming the best versions of themselves.
For more information, call 801-896-1961 or click here.
FreshStart Ventures/REAL Transition
FreshStart–an ecumenical organization that believes in the power of love to change lives–focuses on enabling previously incarcerated men and women to create a successful life emotionally, spiritually, socially, physically, and financially through REAL Transition. In addition, FreshStart assists with housing, home ownership, education, employment, and entrepreneurial incubation.
People are invited to come to an orientation to see if REAL Transition is a fit for things they want to accomplish in their future. Meetings are held (at no cost, even for dinner) every Thursday evening at 195 S. 100 East in Provo, UT. Dinner starts at 5:00 pm and meetings are held from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
For more information, call 801-874-5361 or click here.
11978 S. Redwood, Riverton, UT
The Foundation for Family Life created the MentorWorks program to provide transitional housing and a support system for getting life back on track after incarceration. MentorWorks provides a safe, sober environment, food, clothing, transportation, outpatient treatment in partnership with Redwood Recovery, and assistance in locating resources for employment, education, long-term housing, etc.
The Veterans Justice Outreach Program (VJO)
The Veterans Justice Outreach Program (VJO) is a VA-based initiative focused on partnering with local law enforcement, jails and courts to assist eligible Veterans access to the support they need, including treatment and housing.
Part of this initiative to assist the local community is the creation of Veterans Courts. Veterans Courts are a specialized court modeled after the drug & mental health courts. The purpose of Veterans courts are to ensure that eligible Veterans involved in the criminal justice system have access to benefits, services & the treatment they deserve.
For more information about the VJO in Utah, call 801-582-1565 ext. 6337 or for assistance anywhere in the nation, send an email to the closest local contact (click here).
Wasatch Mental Health Jail Transition Program (JTP)
The Jail Transition Program (JTP) was created in 2016 to help people with mental health issues make a successful transition from jail back into the community. Services are offered to individuals who are currently serving time at the Utah County Jail and OR who have been released within the past six weeks.
To qualify, participants must have a diagnosable mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, etc. and no medical insurance. For clients with Medicaid or another insurance plan, referrals will be made to other Wasatch Mental Health programs for followup services.
The JTP office is located at the Food & Care Coalition at 299 E. 900 South in Provo. Walk-in times: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:45 pm and Fridays at 8:30 am. It is strongly recommended that you arrive at or before the start time. Call 801-852-3779 for more information.