With grant, Shepherd’s House works on inmate-to-society transition

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Congressman Andy Barr speaks at the Shepherd’s House press conference.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A $433,903 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Second Chance Act Community-based Reentry Program could make a difference in how well a former inmate is able to transition into becoming a productive citizen, officials said Wednesday.

Shepherd’s House President and Chief Executive Officer Jerod Thomas and Congressman Andy Barr announced the grant which is designed to provide a comprehensive response to assist in the transition individuals make from prison, jail or juvenile residential facilities to the community.

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Shepherd’s House has more than three decades providing multiple recovery programs to rehabilitate dozens of recovering addicts per year.

“The rehabilitation services Shepherd’s House offers are a tremendous and necessary asset to our community,” said Barr.  “Their transition services are top-notch and have helped so many realize their God-given potential and get their lives back on track.”

“This is a transformational grant for the Shepherd’s House,” said Thomas.