Re-Entry

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The Alachua County Library District and Partnership for Strong Families, in collaboration with community partner organizations, host the annual Re-Entry Partnership Conference each spring. The Re-Entry Partnership Conference and the Community Job and Resource Fair help returning citizens and others struggling to re-enter the workforce with learning job skills, accessing educational programs, and discovering entrepreneurship opportunities.

2022 Re-Entry Partnership Conference

A two-day conference to help community members facing obstacles to employment gain the skills and resources needed to obtain and maintain employment. 

Monday, May 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Library Partnership Branch - Employability Skills and Job Retention

Day one will include workshops on job search, interview skills, remote work, and keeping a job. Lunch provided.

Tuesday, May 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Library Partnership Branch - Workforce Re-Entry Kit Building Day

On day two, gather tangible resources for success from local vendors, including:

  • Bus pass
  • Community ID 
  • Library card
  • Interview clothing
  • Cell phone or tablet

Documents to Bring

For Community ID

To receive a Community ID from the Human Rights Coalition of Alachua County (recognized by the City of Gainesville, Alachua County and Gainesville Police Department), please bring:

  • Photo Identification - Valid or expired driver's license or state ID, Department of Corrections ID, school ID, military ID or other.
  • Proof of Address- Rental agreement, utility bill, vehicle registration, medical bill, or two pieces of business or personal mail.
  • Proof of Age - Birth certificate, passport (expired or current), insurance policy, school record, religious record of birth (copy of proof of age stored in secure location for three years).

 

To receive help replacing your ID through Holy Trinity if you haven't had a Florida identification since 2010, please bring:

  • Certified birth certificate, valid passport, or immigration papers.
  • Social security card or verification of social security number.      
  • ​​Two proofs of residential address. Can self-certify with only one proof. Post Office box not acceptable.
  • For unhoused persons, a "letter of homelessness" is helpful because the person qualifies for a free ID. 

Persons who got an ID after 2010 have this information on file and do not need to renew it, unless they want to change the address on the ID. In that case, two proofs of residential address. 

For Phone or Tablet

To qualify with Safelink Wireless for a free phone or tablet, please bring:

  • Driver's license
  • Proof of SNAP (food stamps) or Medicaid benefits OR
  • Proof of Supplemental Security Income or income under $17,427 a year
For Library Card

To sign up for a free Alachua County Library District card, please bring: 

Any current, valid photo ID with Florida address. If the photo ID does not have the current Florida address, residency can be verified with:

  • Voter's Registration Card
  • Rent or utility receipt
  • Personal checkbook with imprinted name and address
  • Property tax notice
  • Name and address on mail with canceled postage, including forwarded mail
  • Telephone listing in current telephone directory

Register

Walk-ins welcome. 

Have questions? Contact Alachua County Library District Librarian Linda Cue at lcue@aclib.us or 352-334-3939, Literacy Program Specialist Jeremy Merritt at jmerritt@aclib.us or 352-334-3920, and Library Partnership Resource Center at 352-334-0160.

2019 Re-Entry Partnership Conference

2022 Community Job and Resource Fair

Monday, May 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Headquarters Library, Meeting Room A

Open to all job seekers. Meet with potential employers and representatives from community resource providers to access training, benefits, and more.

Job seekers, you do not have to register or attend the Re-Entry Partnership Conference to attend the job and resource fair. 

Participating organizations
  • Action Labor
  • Agency for Persons with Disabilities - Tacachale
  • Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
  • Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office
  • Alachua County Public Schools
  • Bread of the Mighty Food Bank
  • Catholic Charities
  • Community Spring
  • Crunch Fitness
  • Dampier Septic Tank
  • Education Station & Preschool
  • Educational Opportunity Center
  • Employment Services VA Hospital
  • Episcopal Children's Services
  • Florida Department of Corrections 
  • Gainesville Housing Authority
  • Gainesville Police Department
  • Granny Nannies
  • Hotel Indigo
  • JMI Resource
  • Mega Social Enterprises
  • Meridian Behavioral Healthcare
  • O2B Kids
  • Oak Hammock at the University of Florida
  • Ross Dynamic Medical Solutions
  • RTS - Department of Transportation & Mobility
  • Santa Fe College
  • Three Rivers Legal Services
  • Trader Joe's
  • UF Health Shands
  • Unique Caring Opportunities
  • University of Florida - Healthy Families

For Businesses and Community Partners

You are invited to the Community Job and Resource Fair! Participation is free and includes parking, six-foot table, chairs, and WiFi. Sign up by May 18 for one of 25 available spots.

Contact Cherie Kelly at cherie.kelly@pfsf.org or 352-334-0160 for more details. 

Sign Up

Re-Entry Resources

Community Connections

Torchlighters Re-Entry Support, Seeks to create a community of peers that can help light the way home for one another, (352) 559-4505    

Re-Entry: An Insider's Guide - Advice for coming home to Alachua County by and for formerly incarcerated people

 

UF Mobile Outreach Clinic,  A highly flexible means of delivering health care to the medically under-served in low income neighborhoods and rural areas in and around Alachua County. Please call the office and speak with the nurse at (352) 273-5329 before coming to clinic.

Gainesville Community Ministry, Free medical advice/referral clinic and physical therapy clinic are available for anyone without insurance; first come first serve. Also assist with food pantry, utility and rental deposit assistance. (352) 372-8162

Alachua County Crisis Center, 24 hr/day crisis and suicide intervention phone counseling to all residents of Alachua County. (352) 264-6789 (crisis line), (352) 264-6785 (info. about services)

Partnership for Strong Families (Resource Centers), See specific services & resources for each Center (left side of their page).

Criminal Record Online Toolkit - Understand your record, fix your record, and learn about your legal rights. A project of the Criminal Justice & Employment Initiative at Cornell University.

Apply for Restoration of Civil Rights - Regain your right to vote!, 1-800-435-8286, FL Office of Executive Clemency

Register to vote after your civil rights have been restored. Other options include registering at your local library or Supervisor of Elections Office

 

Education

 

Alachua County Library District (ACLD),

  • Headquarters Reference Desk, (352) 334-3940 

Alachua County Public Schools - Adult Education & GED, (352) 955-7035

Gainesville Community Ministry, (352) 372-8162, GED and Work Path Program

Santa Fe College, (352) 395-5000   

Job Search & Skills

Job Skills (ACLD)

Job Club - Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Headquarters Library -Resume building, job search/application assistance, basic computer help, assistance creating an email address, career exploration, brush up on soft skills, interview preparation & practice. 

Fair Chance Employers, (Certified by Torchlighters)

Career Source/North Central Florida, (352) 955-2245

Essential Skills for Workplace Success (videos) Hosted by UF Community Engagement.

Florida Department of Corrections, Karen Black, Employment Specialist, (352) 224-8731, Karen.Black@fdc.myflorida.com

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Videos

Gainesville Community Ministry Work Path Program, (352) 372-8162

Gainesville Housing Authority Job Training & Entrepreneurial Program, (352) 872-5500 ext. 7103

Starting a Small Business

 

Alachua County Economic Development, (352) 374-5204

City Of Gainesville Economic Development and Innovation, (352) 393-8614

Florida Small Business Resource Guide

Gainesville Housing Authority Job Training & Entrepreneurial Program, (352) 872-5500 ext. 7103

Gator Community Entrepreneurship Initiative: Gator Bootcamp