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About Us

Belief Statement

Connections Work believes that life changing success is possible for everyone,

when barriers are removed, and people are encouraged to believe in their future

and given the tools and opportunities to pursue it.


Connections Work is a community-based organization that provides direct services, through

professional staff and trained volunteers, to individuals with justice involvement and individuals

with similar barriers and to their families.

Individuals with justice involvement can reenter society and become contributing members of

our society. It is difficult to return to the community from incarceration; therefore, people need

help reentering life outside of jail or prison.

The work we do and the way we do it improves the success rate of these individuals. While people

are incarcerated, their families are negatively impacted as well. These family members, young

and old, need assistance and it is an essential component of our mission and vision to help them.

Connections Work is a tax-exempt charitable organization funded through the County of Berks,

the United Way of Berks County, the PA Department of Corrections, Berks County, state and

federal grants, foundation grants, local church groups and the generous ongoing support of

local businesses and individuals.

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Connections Work provides pretrial services and reentry programming for individuals involved in the justice system, as well as services for their children and loved ones. Our comprehensive workforce development programs equip these individuals with the tools and support necessary to become productive members of our community. Our Family Connections programs serve to lessen the negative impact on children and families affected by parental incarceration.

Additionally, Connections Work serves as the court-appointed County Pretrial Services agency with services focused on interviewing and assessing defendants’ risk and providing the information to the Court, supervising defendants on pretrial release, and providing staffing and assistance to the county’s diversionary programs.

Mission Statement

Connections Work changes lives and improves communities by providing services and supports to individuals seeking pathways to success.

Vision Statement

Berks County and the broader region is stronger, healthier, and more prosperous because of the work we do.

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