Return House

Return House is the Bureau’s program for 18-22 year old young men who are returning to the community after being incarcerated. The 6 to 12 month program begins before participants are released from jail, provides 24-hour support to accompany them through their re-entry, and provides aftercare services following completion of the program.

Return House has established a 10-bed residential facility in Barre. The program helps participants develop the relationships, practical life skills, and behaviors to become lawful, productive, and valued members of their community. Return House helps participants find and maintain housing. Program services include training and mentoring in job skills and job-readiness, independent living, non-violent communication and conflict resolution; positive leisure time activities; and coordination with area service providers for services such as healthcare, transportation, education, parenting assistance, substance abuse treatment, and more.

Return House participants help with set up at the Granite City Coop Harvest Festival in October.

Return House collaborates with the Vermont Department of Corrections, Community High School of Vermont, Vermont Foodbank, Farm-to-Table, and the Greater Barre Community Justice Center, as well as a variety of community members from the public and private sectors.

For more information, contact Return House at 622-0211.