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A Warren organization that helps ex-offenders enter society held a grand-opening for a facility to house people after they’re released from prison.
Fresh Start is a spin-off of Free Indeed Prison Ministries. Martha Conyer is the co-founder and director. She has been going into prisons for the last 11 years hosting Bible studies with inmates.
She said that after working with the prisoners throughout the years, she noticed they had a lot of practical needs. Housing being one of the biggest needs.
She opened the Fresh Start re-entry program on West Market Street in Warren.
“We’re only dealing with ex-offenders or returning citizens that are motivated for change,” said Conyer.
The facility has enough room to house 25 to 30 ex-offenders, like Raymond Allen Jr.
“When I came out, they beginning to help me. They begin to guide me on how to fill out applications, and how to get my license back and, just stuff you would forget after being gone away for so long,” said Allen.
The ministry hopes to lower the rate at which ex-offenders return to prison. They said 600 prisoners will be back from prison to the Warren area this year alone.