North Star

Neighborhood Reentry
Resource Center

An innovative resource center that helps individuals who have been involved in the criminal justice system navigate through barriers to become law abiding, contributing members of their families and their communities


Services offered at North Star Neighborhood Reentry Resource Center (NRRC)

Individuals interested in using North Star NRRC services will receive a free membership which provides access at no cost to many services and reentry resources in the community. Member services include:
  • Internet access to appropriate websites and content
  • Computer training labs
  • Employment Services, such as job searching, interviewing techniques, résumé preparation, and the New Employment Transitions program
  • Assistance with service referrals, resources, and follow-up on progress
  • GED classes
  • Self-help meetings such as AA, NA, Al-Anon, etc.
  • Direct access to information, services, and staff from other community reentry service providers
  • Faith-based programming
  • Citizen Circles (groups of citizens, community agencies' representatives, and others involved in reentry services that meet with offenders and their families to help facilitate successful reentry)
  • Vouchers for state IDs and birth certificates
  • Library/reading room and reception/lounge area
  • Free, personal voice mail service
  • Public transportation information
  • Life Skills classes that teach tools for making good decisions, setting goals, building and maintaining mature relationships, managing money, and obtaining employment
  • Free healthcare clinics and screenings, including referrals to additional services at MetroHealth Broadway Health Center
  • Food stamp sign up
  • Assessments and referrals (if eligible) to the Ohio Benefit Bank for services such as food assistance, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), student financial aid, health coverage, cash assistance, senior benefits, and benefits for children
  • Referrals for free clothing
  • Reconnection Programs offer five fun, informative, and supportive workshops for previously incarcerated individuals, parents and their families
  • Family Matters Education Program for family members and friends affected by a loved one’s addiction

Who can access the services?

North Star NRRC is available to the public including:
  • Cuyahoga County residents who were formerly incarcerated in prison (and their family and friends)
  • Cuyahoga County residents who are currently or were previously involved in the criminal justice system (and their family and friends)
Those interested should call or visit during open hours. There is no cost for the services North Star provides.