First Steps


When you first use this site, we suggest you follow the order of the categories in the black banner above (move from left to right). First Steps includes topics specifically for those in re-entry, probation or parole. The Basics page has information on essentials – food, housing, clothing, phone service, and social service organizations that can help you now.

→ You can always get a quick view of what the Guide offers by reviewing the Table of Contents. To learn more about how the site works, scan How to Use this Guide.

→ Read our Getting Started page for advice, inspiration, and support. This content and many of our Tips came from partner organizations working directly with those in reentry.

→ If you are a resident of New York City or plan to access programs in the city, read the New York Public Library’s Connections Guide; it offers a valuable listing of services and programs that can help you meet basic needs and plan for the future. Access the Spanish version as well Conexiones 2017: Una guía para personas de la Ciudad de Nueva York que han estado encarceladas.

→ Some organizations serve specific groups such as women, veterans, immigrants, and those with a disability. These can be found under Basics on the Community Services Organizations page.