Redefining Re-Entry

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Our Story

The founders of Revive Center for Returning Citizens began organizing justice-involved populations in 2013 as a grassroots policy advocacy group called “I Did the Time”. After working hand in hand with peers, members of this group began to identify the common struggles among citizens who were returning to society from jails, institutions, and prisons. Citizens face many systemic barriers in housing, finding employment, struggling to make payments on court fines, gaining access to education, and family reunification. In activism work within their community, these members encountered formerly justice-involved individuals who shared the vision of creating pathways to successful re-entry, and who wish to use their stories to empower their population.

“Re-entry is a process, not a program.”

Although there are many organizations that address justice reform, the members of I Did the Time began feeling that our community may benefit from a peer-led non-profit that will provide services for citizens and their families. In 2015, the Revive Center for Returning Citizens was born. 

Our organizations and its affiliates are committed to addressing and dismantling systemic racism and all other forms of oppression wherever possible.

We are dedicated to educating ourselves, our client’s, community and our partners on understanding oppression and internalized oppression.

We are committed to using race-equity, anti-oppression lenses and anti-racist perspectives in all we do. We understand that much of our criminal legal, criminal justice and incarceration systems reinforce racial structures, normalize racial socialization, and perpetuate oppressive de-humanizing outcomes.

We believe in no more conversations or decisions about us without us and are dedicated to approaching all our work from restorative yet accountable perspectives.

We strive to achieve delivered systems and supports that accomplish and sustain equity, racial equity, true justice and healthy pro-social engagements through proactive and preventative measures, evidence-based data, evidence-based procedures, and consistent sustained actions.

Something About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Revive Center for Returning Citizens is to empower those impacted by the criminal justice system, advance multi-dimensional solutions to the effects of incarceration and achieve racial justice. We serve and support individuals and families to heal from trauma and reenter society with opportunities and community connections.

Peer Support

Having a hard time? We’ve been there! Our staff is constructed of formerly justice involved individuals who can relate and truly want to help. Come in today for a screening and match up with a peer who’s right for you!

Family Support

Incarceration affects our entire families. Revive Center for Returing Citizens provides coaching services for influencers of citizens returning from institutions. Call us today for more information!


Housing Resources

Finding the right housing can be a pain. Revive Center for Returning Citizens provides links to resources for whatever your housing needs are: from transitional housing, to transformational housing, to a network of housing providers for families.

Legal Aid

Our community partners offer legal aid clinics, help with Legal Financial Obligations, Re-Licensing Programs, Voter Restoration Services, Prisoners’ Rights, Housing Disputes, Debt Collectors Sales and Scams, and so much more!

Mental Health & Treatment Services

Revive Center for Returning Citizens values your health. We have contacts at many local mental health and treatment service providers that accept state insurance and work with Department of Corrections. 

Basic Needs Support

Our community resources can help you meet your basic needs! We know of a variety of programs that offer bus passes, clothing for jobs and interviews, resume building, hygiene products, and so much more!

Kurtis Robinson

Kurtis Robinson

Executive Director, Co-Founder

Layne Pavey

Layne Pavey

President, Co-Founder