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Northern Panhandle Reentry Council plans resource fair

WHEELING — The Northern Panhandle Reentry Council will hold a Reentry Fair to educate area residents about the challenges people who are exiting the prison system face, as well as assist members of the community and their families who are experiencing reentering society after incarceration.

The council, comprised of different facets of the law enforcement, treatment, employment, and service communities, will hold the resource fair from noon to 5 p.m., Thursday at the YWCA in Wheeling.

The afternoon will consist of a resource informational fair from noon to 1:30 p.m., open to the public. Service organizations, such as the Veteran’s Administration, public housing, treatment centers, and job service centers, as well as some employers will be on hand to offer information and assistance.

A viewing of the documentary “Healing Justice” will be shown at 1:30 p.m. to those who register to partake in the educational portion of the day. The movie will be followed by a reentry simulation conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of West Virginia, the YWCA, and the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The simulation is meant to mimic a month in the life of someone recently exiting the prison system.

For more information on the fair, to become a vendor for the informational fair, or to attend, call (304) 234-7723.

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