U.S. Attorney Neronha promotes efforts to keep ex-convicts out of prison
June 16, 2011 - 11:37am

By John Hill

PROVIDENCE — Most of the time, as the federal government’s chief prosecutor for Rhode Island, U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha spends his day trying to put criminals in prison. Wednesday, he was talking about how to keep them from returning.

Neronha and his staff were in Providence and Cranston talking about efforts by state and federal agencies as well as nonprofit social-service groups and churches that were working to help newly released prison inmates adjust to life after incarceration.

New York Times Opinion Piece: For Ex-Prisoners, a Haven Away From the Streets
June 14, 2011 - 3:14pm

By Tina Rosenberg

This year, the United States will release nearly three-quarters of a million people from prison, a record high. Nationally, 2.3 million people are in prison in the United States, and 95 percent of them will, at some point, get out and go home.

The Fortune Academy in West Harlem.

For former inmates, mentors make a difference
April 3, 2011 - 9:59pm

By John Hill

Most programs that try to prevent released inmates from going back to prison involve probation officers, job-training classes and counseling visits. But on Wednesday night at the Broad Street offices of OpenDoors this month, it was pizza, backgammon and a book club.

RI Ex-convicts Find Job Search Difficult
August 26, 2010 - 11:33am

She’d gone to Gillette Stadium with three friends, four among hundreds looking for jobs at the Patriots’ home turf. When Freeman’s turn came, the woman at the employment table was more and more encouraging as she went through Freeman’s application.

“It’s ‘Yes, yes, yes, then, oh… wait,’ ” Freeman recalled when the reviewer hit the page where she’d noted her drug conviction. “ ‘What does this say? You have a felony?’ ”

The woman was very nice, Freeman said, almost encouraging, but in the end, “she said, ‘I’d love to, but I can’t.’ ”

OpenDoors to Participate in Good Friday Walk to End Hunger and Homelessness
March 10, 2010 - 6:02pm

Do your part to end hunger and homelessness in Rhode Island.

Over the past 31 years, the Annual Good Friday Walk has raised more than a million dollars in support of organizations that help the hungry and homeless.  The 32nd Annual Good Friday Walk will be held on Friday April 2nd.  OpenDoors will be sponsoring a team of walkers.  Would you be interested in joining us? 

When Numbers Lie: Prisoners of the Census in New York
February 2, 2010 - 12:08pm

Michelle Chen

Originally posted on RaceWire

Second Chance Bazaar and Family Day
August 10, 2009 - 12:00am

by Meghan Rondeau

Looking for inexpensive items for yourself or your family?  Try our Bazaar and Family Day!  Our first bazaar was held at our location at 841 Broad Street on August 22.   The bazaar ran from 9:00-3:00pm, and featured a large yardsale, bake sale, food, children’s art table, face painting, raffle, and the music of Providence’s What Cheer? Brigade.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Women’s Support Group. 

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