GoodStart Prisoner Re-Entry

Click Here to print information on Prisoner Re-Entry ServicesGoodwill Industries of the Valleys is dedicated to providing effective, comprehensive training and employment services to newly released men and women with criminal convictions. Our GoodStart Prisoner Re-Entry Program provides a level of structure and support to returning citizens that fosters confidence and skill building necessary for a successful transition to a stable productive life.

Reconnecting with the labor force can be challenging for anyone. Add a criminal history to the scenario and it can seem impossible. At Goodwill’s GoodStart Re-Entry Program, individuals with a criminal history, who want to work, are provided the education, training and employment assistance needed to gain apprenticeships, credentials, and sustainable employment in two areas, Manufacturing and Information Technology. The program provides a road map for participants to achieve a long-term goal of remaining attached to the legitimate workforce and a path to self-sufficiency.

To be enrolled in the GoodStart Re-Entry Program*, you must be:

  • 25 years of age or older
  • Released from jail, prison or under supervision within 180 days (6 months) of enrollment
  • Resident of City of Roanoke, or identified areas of Roanoke County as low income
  • Never been convicted of a sex crime, other than prostitution

Services available through Goodwill Industries of the Valleys GoodStart Prisoner Re-Entry program include:

  • Education and training for certification in Manufacturing or Information Technology
  • Coaching and Supportive Services
  • Job Search Support- Resume development, interviewing skills
  • Employment and/or Apprenticeship placement
  • Referrals to other community resources available to assist with successful return to the community

For more information or to be contacted by a Prisoner Re-Entry specialist, please complete the Re-Entry Services Pre-Screening online form below.

The GoodStart Prisoner Re-Entry Program is offered to individuals living in the City of Roanoke census tract and meet the above eligibility requirements. For more information, e-mail info@goodwillvalleys.com or call (540) 581.0620 option 2.

For individuals in Charlottesville or the Shenandoah Valley who are interested in programming to help them get back to work after incarceration, please click here to be redirected to learn more about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Adult program.

*The Goodwill® Adult Reentry Project is made possible with a grant award of $4.5 million, covering 92 percent of costs, from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. Eight percent of the Goodwill Adult LifeLaunch Reintegration Program activities and services will be supported with $373,275 in leveraged resources.


Prisoner Re-Entry Services Pre-Screening Form

  • You must complete the entire application to be processed for the Re-Entry Program. The GoodStart Prisoner Re-Entry Program is offered to individuals living in the City of Roanoke census tract and meet the eligibility requirements.
  • PLEASE LIST ALL CHARGES OR CONVICTIONS BEGINNING WITH THE MOST RECENT. PLEASE INCLUDE THE LOCATION, MONTH, AND YEAR OF THE OFFENSE. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE OF THE EXACT MONTH THE OFFENSE OCCURRED, PLEASE LIST THE YEAR THE OFFENSE OCCURRED. LOCATION OF CHARGES MUST BE LISTED.
  • PLEASE LIST ALL CHARGES OR CONVICTIONS BEGINNING WITH THE MOST RECENT. PLEASE INCLUDE THE LOCATION, MONTH, AND YEAR OF THE OFFENSE. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE OF THE EXACT MONTH THE OFFENSE OCCURRED, PLEASE LIST THE YEAR THE OFFENSE OCCURRED. LOCATION OF CHARGES MUST BE LISTED.
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