Shelter to Success Program: Helping Those to Transition from Homeless to Employed
Cathleen McLaughlin, J.D., M.B.A.
Principal CEO at Restorative & Reentry Services, LLC
This program is pre-approved for 1 SHRM PDC & HRCI General Credit
Join us June 15 and hear how Cathleen McLaughlin, formerly of the Prison Reentry Center, transferred her skills and energy to develop a rewarding program, “Shelter to Success”, during the challenging times of the COVID pandemic. Serving the homeless in our community during COVID has been a fulfilling challenge for her. This program now serves approximately 700 homeless clients per night at the Sullivan Arena, Fairview Recreation Center shelter and in ‘decompression beds’ throughout the city.
Learn how “Shelter to Success” was able to create a number of strategies to improve employment opportunities and retention. Participants will learn about a number of employment models including individual placement and support. It has been quite a success and the best part is – they now have Shelter employees who were clients at one point and are now the subject matter experts when it comes to figuring out how to best serve their clients.
Cathleen McLaughlin’s passion is serving and advocating for individuals reentering the community after incarceration, as well as the homeless and the under-served. Cathleen has worked in law and in advocacy throughout the past 35 years. In 2013 Cathleen was given the opportunity to help create a community-based reentry center in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2014 she became the Director of the Partners Reentry Center, a walk-in center that provides timely pre- and post-release reentry services to vulnerable individuals who would otherwise release to homelessness. To date the Partners Reentry Center has served over 8,400 reentrants with the goal to provide cost-effective, reentrant-centered services in a respectful and positive way. Cathleen’s experiences a Partners Reentry Center inspired her to create the Restorative & Reentry Services, which provides guidance to communities around the United State that are inspired to create their own community-based reentry programs.
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