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
Building Beginnings is a nonprofit organization designed to help those in recovery from drugs and alcohol. They provide safe, affordable housing, meaningful employment, and quality treatment for those dedicated to staying sober, working hard, and supporting the team.
For more information, call Ryan Hymas (801-652-9241) or Brett Griffiths (801-358-2031) or click here.
Fresh Start Ventures/REAL Transition
Fresh Start–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, Fresh Start 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 (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.
Golden Spike Outreach Re-entry Assistance Program (ReAP)
869 S. 170 East, Provo, UT
Golden Spike Outreach (GSO) provides transition assistance to people returning to the community after being incarcerated in jail or prison. In addition to mentoring and transportation services, clients may be eligible for subsidized housing as available.
For a program application and an explanation of qualifications and requirements, click here. GSO also holds a client meeting every Monday evening at 7:00 pm and they recommend that people who are interested in the program attend.
1878 W. 12600 South #230, 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. It is not a substance abuse or mental health treatment program.
MentorWorks provides a safe, sober environment, food, clothing, transportation, AA meetings, relationship (e.g., parenting) classes, 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 treatment they need.
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, call 801-582-1565 ext. 6327 or 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 who will be released within the next three months 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: Wednesdays 3 to 5 pm and Fridays 9 to 11 am. Call 801-852-3779 for more information.