Reentry Transition Center (RTC)

The RTC is here to help you, your family member or client successfully transition back into the community.

How it Works

Our Navigation Support will help you access:

Immediate needs:

  • Access to phone, email, fax, internet, mailbox
  • Alcohol and drug assessments
  • Housing Referrals
  • Meals
  • Clothing and Hygiene products

Long term goals:

  • Employment assistance, interview clothing and job skills training
  • Education and vocational training
  • Driver’s License Reinstatement
  • Parenting and family reconciliation programs
  • Alcohol and drug treatment
  • Counseling
  • Healthcare and dental treatment
  • Faith-based or peer-to-peer mentoring
  • Assistance with navigating self-employment and disability services


  • Currently on Probation, Parole, Bench Probation, Post-Prison Supervision, or Close Street Supervision in MULTNOMAH COUNTY

Learn More about the Reentry Transition Center

Why the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility?

Over 1,000 Oregon women are incarcerated in Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF); about one-quarter are re-convicted of a felony within three years of release. Two critical issues for women’s success upon returning to the community are getting a job and staying healthy:

  • Poor work histories, minimal education, and criminal records can make securing living-wage jobs difficult
  • Over 75% of women in CCCF have mental health needs; over 80% have substance use issues.
  • Health problems put formerly incarcerated women at higher risk of unemployment.

With a goal to to improve incarcerated women’s employment success, mental and physical health, and to decrease recidivism, MCNW works with Portland Community College and the staff of CCCF to provide entrepreneurial training that builds upon existing vocational training programs in optometry, cosmetology, plant management, welding and horticulture (visit Coffee Creek Gardens). The financial literacy and business planning of the LIFE curriculum complements these vocational training programs and promotes the individuals’ potential for self-employment.

Why prisoner reentry in Portland?

Over 2,500 individuals are released from jail back into the communities of Multnomah County each year, the highest of all Oregon counties.  Former prisoners 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. 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


New Participants Orientation:  10:00am every Friday @ the RTC.   No registration required

Find the RTC : 1818 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, Suite C Portland, OR 97212

Hours: 9:00 – 5:00 (M-Th)     9:00 – 4:00 (Fridays)

PUBLIC TRANSIT: MAX: Blue or Red Lines- Convention Ctr stop & walk 8 blocks north Bus: Line 17 Broadway -Stops 605 or 622 Line #6 MLK Stop 5897 Streetcar: CL Line- NE Grand & Broadway Stop #13617

Mercy Corps Northwest
43 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR  97204
(503) 896-5070
© 2014 Mercy Corps Northwest
a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
Federal Tax ID #93-1315010