Fresh Start Grand Opening in Warren

[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1372547771&height=360&page_count=5&pf_id=9627&show_title=1&va_id=4122253&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=360 div_id=videoplayer-1372547771 type=script]

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.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s