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The Big Bend AFTER Re-entry Coalition seeks to consolidate resources for those released from incarceration

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Tom Flanigan
Many of the Coalition's clients have spent various amounts of time in the Leon County Detention Facility.

A one-stop-shop for the recently incarcerated has a new headquarters and is looking to expand its resources. The Big Bend AFTER Re-entry Coalition held a recent grand opening for its new Welcome and Wellness Center on East Bradford Road.

The Coalition's Elaine Webb said the new center in the ECHO complex is meant to feel more like a cozy den than a typical office.

"(To) Create more of a welcoming social environment. So hosting monthly potlucks or having open drop-in hours so people can come and have some cookies and chat."

But beyond the socializing, Webb said the purpose is to work with the Leon County Sheriff's Office RISE program and other groups that offer services for those recently released from incarceration.

"Any community organization, even if they're providing services in their own location, if applicable to people re-entering from incarceration, we'd love them host their programming here as well."

She explained that will provide a single point of recovery for those building a new life "on the outside."

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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