First Steps after Release: Where Do I Go to Find…

This section provides resources for food, shelter, clothing, money, and other emergency needs. We have provided some resource options in Mercer County you can use upon release.


FYI: Important paperwork will be needed repeatedly throughout your life. You can keep track of your important documents on this site by visiting the Road Map page. Or if you prefer, you can invest in a folder or safe to store them. Never carry your birth certificate or social security card with you. You will only need these to produce these items on request. It is smarter to keep them in a safe place.


FYI: It is a good idea to keep a notebook and pen with you to write down the names and phone numbers of the people you come in contact with at various agencies. Remember, you are the person who is most invested in your success.