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The Salvation Army Northeast Ohio 49-9 Project: Offender Reentry Program

According to the United States Department of Justice, over 650,000 individuals are released from America's state and federal persons every year. Studies show that approximately two-thirds will likely be rearrested within 3 years of their release. For ex-offenders and their communities, these releases pose numerous challenges. With no job, no money, and no place to live, the likelihood of successful reentry and integration is a large and seemingly impossibel hurdle to overcome.

The Salvation Army, through the 49-9 Project, seeks to reach out to persons recently released from correctional and treatment facilities in the Northeast Ohio region to assist and address needs with a spirit of compassion and nurturing as put forth in Isaiah 49:9 and The Salvation Army Mission Statement to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Hearing a heavy door close behind you is often described as the ultimate moment of fear and loneliness for someone entering the prison system, but facing the world from the outside of that door after release can be every bit as daunting. The specters of fractured and strained relationships, homelessness, unemployment, relapse and recidivism are but a few of the problems that are lurking.

49-9 Service Offerings | Successful Re-Entry Made Possible

The Salvation Army 49-9 Project will help you work through your reentry. In addition to other resources, please see below for our service offerings:

Resume Writing

Ohio Benefit Bank Assistance

Birth Certificate and Driver License Assistance

Computers for Job Searches

Assistance with Security and Utility Deposits

Clothing and Food Assistance

"Emotional and Spiritual Literacy" Education    (Inmate Feedback)

Life Skills Classes

R.E.S.T. Support Groups

Contact Us

Mark Fahringer
Regional Field Representative & 49-9 Project Administrator


305 Artino Street, Suite C
Oberlin, OH 440740
p: (440) 774-7440


Lorain County Directory

Columbiana County Directory


49-9 Project News

Program Offers Former Iinmates Another Chance at Normal Life Mark Fahringer has been working on a program to give inmates an idea of where to turn when they are released from prison (4.6.2014)

Ex-Offender Heads New Correctional Outreach in Ohio The Army’s first in-prison initiative in Ohio, geared toward detained, incarcerated and recently released men in Lorain County... (10.7.2013)


Testimonials & News

  • National Award for Excellence in Corrections

    Mark Fahringer, administrator of the 49-9 Program and field representative for the Salvation Army's service unit in Oberlin, Oberlin, OH was the recipient of the National Award for Excellence in Corrections.

  • Brian's Story

    Brian has just been released from The Toledo Correctional Institution after serving over 20 years...

  • Andrew's Story

    Andrew served his country in Afghanistan, struggled with PTSD, became addicted to heroin, and got in trouble with the law...

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