Shelby County Office of Reentry

The ultimate goals of the Shelby County Office of Reentry are:

 To create connections between Shelby County reentry resources and specific employers ready to hire people with a criminal history.

Realign our focus from a traditional soft skills training, to hands-on technical and vocational programs in an effort to assist our clients to gain self sufficient employment, or become entrepreneurs.


FOCUSED is a 10 week training program that combines job readiness with the opportunity for selection into one of our vocational training programs in the following areas:

  • Commercial /Residential Janitorial Certification
  • Commercial / Residential Construction
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Low Voltage Electrician Apprenticeship
  • Forklift Training 
  • Commercial Drivers License
  • Welding**
  • Machinery**
  • Culinary Arts**
  • Diesel Mechanic**

​**In partnership with Southwest Tennessee Community College.**

Our clients will participate in a holistic network of community services designed to restore dignity and confidence while providing opportunities for individual and family success. Clients that complete (minimum 80% attendance) FOCUSED will have opportunities to gain self suffiency through employment or become entrepreneurs. 

  • Family Reconnection
  • Financial Literacy
  • Healthy Living
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Expungement
  • Voting Rights Restoration
  • Ongoing Support System

See what  FOCUSED participants are saying about our class: 


"What I like most about the class is the instructors' ability to make the topic she speaks on clear and understandable." 

Mentally Ready class held 1/29/2020


"One of my favorite topics was Expungement and Voter's Rights, and learning that I am able to have my constitutional rights restored."

- Expungement and Voter's Rights class held 2/8/2020


"The most impactful topic was Thinking Trapsknowing your thoughts and what can be imporoved"

- Job Readiness class held 2/22/2020