Mercy Corps Northwest’s Reentry Transition Center (RTC) building at 1818 NE MLK Blvd will close effective Friday, November 17, 2017 to realign our program.
Since 2009, the RTC has delivered critical services to over 9,000 people in the Portland metro area – and we are excited to continue our work supporting a highly underserved reentry population in a new location, to be announced.
We will continue to update our website as information becomes available and encourage you to check back here for the latest news.
While the RTC is in transition, please find a list of resources and service providers HERE and HERE.
Learn More about the Reentry Transition Center
Why reentry in Portland?
Over 2,500 individuals are released from incarceration back into the communities of Multnomah County each year, the highest of all Oregon counties. Folks reentering the community are often released with little or no assets, limited ties to the community, and low awareness of available services and programs to help.
What is the history of the RTC?
In September 2009 the RTC began as a partnership of 7 non-profit organizations funded by a three year grant from the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. It was subsequently awarded funding by the Justice Assistance Grant administered by the State of Oregon through Multnomah County Department of Community Justice
What are the objectives of prison reentry programs?
The RTC has several goals:
- Assist formerly incarcerated individuals in connecting with communities by providing for their immediate needs and navigation to essential services.
- Foster safer and more stable communities for everyone by increasing the rate of successful reintegration.
- Promote systemic change in how we approach reentry by incorporating coordinated community-based resources.
- Provide evidence-based best practices that prove the cost effectiveness of our approach.
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