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.
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.
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 (at no cost, and including 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) serves Veterans in contact with community law enforcement, incarcerated in local jails and involved with treatment courts. The mission of the program is to contact these Veterans through outreach in order to facilitate access to VA services.
For more information about the VJO in Utah, or anywhere in the nation, send an email to the closest local contact (click here). In Utah County, email the Salt Lake VJO Specialist at VHASLCVJP@va.gov.
WASATCH BEHAVIORAL 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 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 Behavioral 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 1:00 pm and Fridays at 8:30 am. It is strongly recommended that you arrive before the start time. Call 801-852-3779 for more information.