We are looking forward to the new year and opportunities for those of us who are returning to home and community from incarceration. When we say “we” it refers to a coalition of strength in support from groups like St Vincent de Paul SW Idaho, Recovery Idaho, Just Leadership USA and Serving USA. These groups add to the long list of church sponsorship which makes the work we do possible. Just a few of those churches are Common Ground Biker Church, Vertical Church, Cloverdale Church of God.
Leaving prison isn’t always simple, and that’s where Mark Renick comes in. Renick is the state coordinator for re-entry services for St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic volunteer organization. With a team of almost a dozen volunteers, he assists 12 to 17 people a week in the first hours after their release from prison. Most often it starts with a simple car ride from prison and a hot breakfast immediately after being released but can go as far as rental assistance, help in finding employment and support from others looking to get back on track after serving time…full story
BOISE — Jeremy Cunningham didn’t know who was picking him up from prison, but he certainly wasn’t expecting a familiar face. “Wait, I know you,” he said, shaking an older man’s hand with a broad smile on his face. “It’s a small world.” Cunningham, 43, was handed a small paper bag of his belongings in the detention center lobby in south Ada County and followed Mark Renick out into the drizzly Monday morning air.