I was referred to WHA for counseling. I was pleasantly surprised to find that WHA also had the resources to meet my other social service needs such as conflict resolution. I found that WHA staff not only advocated for me, but inspired and encouraged me to pursue my goals. I highly recommend WHA’s Re-Entry Center to the community residents who are in need of help."

- Jeffery Barnes

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Westside Health Authority’s Community Re-Entry Center specializes in helping returning citizens reintegrate back into their communities. WHA offers its clients a caring and hope-filled environment in which they can thrive and have success. Services include job readiness training, job placement, support services and vocational training. These free services are offered to individuals with a felony record, veterans, handicapped, unemployed and homeless residents of Chicago.

WHA is a member of and directs the activities of the Community Support Advisory Council-West (CSAC-West), a collaboration of agencies on the Westside of Chicago who work together to provide for the all of the needs of the formerly incarcerated. This network of partner agencies provides a comprehensive scope of services which augments the direct services provided by WHA.

Community Re-Entry onsite services include:

  • Job placement assistance
  • Job readiness training & preparations
  • Voicemail boxes
  • GED prep courses
  • Hygiene kits
  • Health screenings
  • Conflict resolution / anger management counseling
  • Emergency food and clothing
  • Case management referrals for housing, transportations and health services
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