Arms Around You (AAY) is a non-profit re-entry resource program that serves formerly incarcerated individuals coming out of correctional facilities by assisting with transitional needs. AAY is an organization that provides innovative, personal evelopment driven reentry assistance and resources designed to increase public safety and reduce recidivism. AAY joined the King County Department of Corrections Resource Fair in it’s first of many community partner events to increase awareness of the services provided by the young non-profit. The Resource fair took place on Saturday April 14, 2018 from 2-4pm at Kent Lutheran Church, 336 2nd Ave S, Kent, WA 98032.
AAY founder and CEO Avon Curtis, is a long-time advocate of the rights of incarcerated individuals. With over 15 years’ experience in the field of project and case management, the Seattle native has firsthand knowledge of the obstacles individuals with criminal records face in many areas of life that hinder their ability to successfully reintegrate back into society including issues relating to employment, education, housing, and eligibility for many social service benefits. “I believe everybody deserves a second chance in life,” explains Curtis, “And sometimes being met with complications when trying to re-enter into general population can be disheartening, so at Arms Around You we make sure that our participants know we care about helping them succeed so we take a hands on approach to helping reduce recidivism by investing in the personal development of each individual in the program.”
The resource fair is the first of many upcoming community events that will allow the non-profit to work with community partners to grow its network of community support and resources in the hopes of improving public safety and outcomes for people reentering their communities.
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