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The First-Stop Center is a bold experiment to determine how much a Reentry Welcome/Resource/Referral Center will reduce recidivism and increase the success of individuals coming home from incarceration.
The highlight of the Center is the free, weekly REENTRY ORIENTATION CLASS FOR TARRANT COUNTY. To make a reservation for the class, call (682) 703-1600.
The class is every Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. You just have to attend one time. Please be there by 9:45 to get signed in and settled in. We start promptly at 10:00. Anyone arriving after 10:10 will have to wait until the next week.
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We are located at 2300 Circle Drive, Suite 2301, in Fort Worth. The map is below, for directions.
WALK-IN HOURS (no appointment needed!)
Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Closed on holidays)
Feel free to call us at (682) 703-1600 for more info.
NO CHILDREN UNDER 18!
* You must be a resident of Tarrant County *
"Second Class or Second Chance: Why Some Employers Prefer People with a Background"
By Steve Gordon and Monty Sharp
Steve Gordon is president of Strategic Reentry Group, the premier consulting firm specializing in community-based prisoner reentry solutions He currently serves as the Project Manager for The Reentry First-Stop Center for Tarrant County in Fort Worth, Texas, the first reentry welcome center in America staffed entirely by formerly incarcerated people. He is the creator of the Framework for Reentry Reformation, and author of the book, Purposeful Neighboring: Creating Reentry-Ready Communities. An accomplished conference speaker and reform leader, he formerly served as the State Director for the Oklahoma Partnership for Successful Reentry. Steve was incarcerated in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections from 1999 - 2002. He is currently a 2015 Fellow with Just Leadership USA. Linkedin Profile
Billie Morgan serves as a Reentry Consultant with Strategic Reentry Group and is the Assistant Project Manager for The Reentry First-Stop Center for Tarrant County in Fort Worth, Texas. He served 25 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, where he served others as a Certified Peer Education Facilitator. While incarcerated, he earned Associates Degrees in Electronics and Liberal Arts. He also earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and, after his release, he earned his Master's Degree in Humanities from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. He is a cancer survivor and talented public speaker who motivates others to be successful in life - no matter what barriers they face. Linkedin Profile
Monty Sharp is a Reentry Consultant with Strategic Reentry Group and also serves as Resource Coordinator at The Reentry First-Stop Center for Tarrant County in Fort Worth, Texas. He has written several articles, including Ten Ways to Change a Mediocre Employee Into a High-Performing One, and Second Class or Second Chance: Why Some Employers Prefer People with a Background, which he co-authored with Steve Gordon. He is a certified coach, mentor, and public speaker who strives to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Monty served ten years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and, while incarcerated, earned both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Religious Studies from Nations University in New Orleans, Louisianna. Prior to his incarceration, Monty was a licensed clinician in the field of Physical Therapy for 18 years and he also owned a successful coaching and consulting business. Linkedin Profile