Re-entry Resources

1. Sunshine Enterprises

(Entrepreneur Workshops)

P: 312-868-0040

2. Inmates to Entrepreneurs


P: 800-206-9764

4. Help For Felons

(Re-entry jobs, housing & more)

5. Jail to Job (employment)

6. Felon Hire (Employment)

7. The Fortune Society (Re-entry services)




11. ConConnect

(Networking platform for formerly incarcerated)

12. Saint Leonard's Ministries

(Housing, healthcare, mental health, employment training) P: 312-894-7981

13. Safe Foundation P: 312-922-2200

14. Prison Entrepreneurship Program P:832-767-0928

15. Children of incarcerated parents

16. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (employment, health care, housing, re-entry by state etc.)

17. National Reentry Resource Center

18. Professional networking platform for formerly incarcerated

19. Teaches inmates and parolees to code

20. Reentry magazine dedicated to assisting formerly incarcerated succeed

Do you know of any re-entry resources not listed above? Please add them to our comment section below.


Aaron Smith, founder of Escaping The Odds, grew up in public housing on the south side of Chicago. It was there that he got involved in a heroin drug operation that produced up to $15,000 a day. As a result of his crimes, he was later indicted for conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl resulting in death. He was sentenced 12 years in federal prison. While serving nearly a decade in jail, Aaron had a drastic mindset shift. He decided, with God's help, that it was time to switch hustles from selling dope to chasing dreams. As an entrepreneur, podcast producer, and mentor, Aaron continues to contribute to the ever changing narrative of the formerly incarcerated. He escaped the odds and seeks to empower anyone who desires to do the same. Together we can change lives by switching mindsets and hustles. Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Formerly incarcerated? Looking to invest in innovative startups? Searching for dope fits to rock? Struggling to start or grow your business? At Escaping The Odds we want to tap into the next level of freedom with you. Check out everything we have to offer.

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