About Us

Transforming Reentry Services represents an evolution in the work of Rev Doris Green, who was one of the founding members of Women in Prison Ministries, which was renamed Men & Women In Prison Ministries, in recognition of the devastating impact prisons and jails had in the lives of men and women and the need for a collective response.

About Us

Transforming Reentry Services represents an evolution in the work of Rev Doris Green, who was one of the founding members of Women in Prison Ministries, which was renamed Men & Women In Prison Ministries, in recognition of the devastating impact prisons and jails had in the lives of men and women and the need for a collective response.

Mission

Transforming Reentry Services works to create an equitable future for reentry communities. Founded and incorporated by Black women and incarcerated individuals, we combine services, advocacy, and research to fill in the gaps in the system, restore families, and build economic and political power.

Vision

To implement sustainable services to achieve Health & Wellness, Social Economic Recovery & Prison Advocacy.

History

Transforming Reentry Services, formerly Men & Women In Prison Ministries (MWIPM),  was founded in 1982, incorporated June 1992, and obtained 501(c)(3) status July 1999.  TRS has an active seven-member board of directors, providing macro-level organizational governance. The day-to-day operations are overseen by Reverend Doris Green, Founder and CEO; Kimberly Wallace-Hutson, COO; Oliver Nichols, CFO; and eight staff members, complemented by college interns, volunteers, and consultants. Members of the board, staff, and volunteers are predominantly ethnically indigenous to the target population and/or formerly incarcerated. The organization has assisted returning citizens to reconstruct their lives, by providing community reintegration resources factors.

The agency operates in the south side and west side communities of Chicago. The Administrative Office is located on the south side at 10 West 35th Street, and the west side community office operates in the Austin community at Sankofa Cultural Arts Center – 5820 West Chicago Avenue. Incarcerated adults reflect the communities from which they come. They often have not had access to medical care outside of correctional facilities, and their lives more likely include drug and alcohol abuse, lack of education, a history of physical abuse, unemployment, and participation in unsafe sex practices. The experiences of people leaving incarceration may contribute to health inequities in the low-income communities to which they return.

2018 Highlights and Milestones

2018 Highlights and Milestones

The organization continues to add new services in response to client and population needs. This year the organization accomplished the following:

  • Expanded reentry services, opening a community office on Chicago’s west side at Sankofa Cultural Arts Center. Testing & Counseling, Community Outreach, and Identification Restoration Services are available
  • Developed the Stigma Stops With Me Campaign to address the negative effect of stigma experienced by formerly incarcerated and HIV seropositive individuals
  • Partnered with the Chicago Recovery Alliance (CRA) to provide Behavioral Health Counseling; and 
  • Established the Capacity Building Service Department, providing Fiscal Management to agencies serving Chicago African American communities

Serving The Reentry Population

During 2018, the staff, volunteers, and interns provided services to over 2,500 reentry population.

Birth Certificates Distributed

Illinois State Identifications Distributed

Discharge Packets Distributed

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