The Athens County Reentry Program is an initiative by the Athens County Department of Job and Family Service. The Reentry Program provides guidance and assistance for returning citizens preparing to leave the prison system and those with a history of incarceration. The program’s goal is to help those individuals rebuild independent lives so they can avoid the situations and difficulties that led them to incarceration. Additionally, the Athens County Reentry Task Force is comprised of community partners who work collaboratively to help returning citizens restore their independence and assist in their transition back into society. The task force recognizes the need for a coordinated approach geared toward building and supporting a broad range of community programs. These programs address the barriers to self-sufficiency in an effort to reduce crime, reoffending and improve public safety. Athens County Department of Job and Family Service aims at helping citizens experiencing poverty, hunger, homelessness, and ill health.