What is Westchester Connections?

The Westchester Library System (WLS) is pleased to make available Westchester Connections – a guide to services needed by those navigating reentry in Westchester County.

Among the hurdles returning citizens face is a lack of awareness of needed services. The challenge is often both too much information and not knowing who to call when the need is most critical.  Westchester Connections seeks to address these challenges through a simple interface, plain language, and an invitation to ask questions through email or text messaging (see the ASK US button on the right-hand side of the site). WLS Reentry Services staff will work to provide an answer and make a connection with the best contact among the many dedicated service groups in Westchester County.

Supporting reentry is the work of the entire Westchester community. It makes sense – economically, socially, and morally – when everyone in a community is well cared for, has a sense of purpose and opportunity, and a real choice to take action. Those are foundations for a stronger democracy and a better world. Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation is extended to the many community members and private and public agencies who work tirelessly to help so many find a path forward.

Westchester Connections is also a point of registration for the WLS Welcome Card, a temporary library card available to anyone returning to Westchester communities from prison or jail.

If you are interested in promoting this site’s content and the WLS Welcome Card to your agency or clients, please share your contact information and interest via email to Reentry Services (connections@wlsmail.org).