Two-day Re-Entry Conference April 24-25

Contact: Brad McClenny

Gainesville, Fla. – Community members facing obstacles to employment can gain job skills and critical gear, including cellphones and interview clothing, at the Re-Entry Partnership Conference on April 24-25. 

The two-day Re-Entry Partnership Conference spearheaded by the Alachua County Library District and Partnership for Strong Families is for justice impacted individuals and others with employment challenges. The conference is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, April 24, and Tuesday, April 25 at the Library Partnership Branch, 912 NE 16th Ave., Gainesville. Day one will feature workshops on the importance of mental and emotional wellness in the workplace, job searching and retention skills, inspirational speakers, and a panel discussion. Refreshments will be provided. 

On day two, participants can build their own workforce re-entry kits, choosing from supplies including professional clothing, free cellphones from Assurance Wireless, library cards, community identifications, and more. Some items require additional eligibility, documents, and identification to obtain, please check for details. Refreshments will be provided. 

Participants can register for the conference in advance at Walk-ins are also welcome. Attendees will also be able to earn community service hours for attending the conference. 
“At the Re-Entry Conference this year, we hope individuals will come out to learn valuable job-related skills and hear how others, with similar experiences, have overcome. In doing so we hope participants will gain valuable knowledge and skills to motivate them in their job search,” said Shandra Nichols, Conference Co-chair and Partnership for Strong Families Resource Center Manager. 

Community partners for the conference include Community Spring, the Alachua County Court Services, Santa Fe College, University of Florida Community Engagement Professional and Workforce Development, Alachua County Court Services, CareerSource of North Central Florida, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Gainesville Housing Authority, Florida Department of Corrections, and Greater Gainesville Chamber.

For More Information: visit our Re-Entry landing page

Participants or businesses with questions about these events can contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3939 or 352-334-3920, and Library Partnership Resource Center at 352-334-0160.

For media information, please contact Brad McClenny at 352-334-3909 or  or Jenny McGovern at (352) 359-8169 or

By Brad on April 10, 2023