Employment Programs

Work Release Program (WRP)

Provides a transitional residence to clients released from DOC institutions on Community Release status. Clients learn about risk reduction, relapse prevention, and financial & life skills, while rejoining the workforce as part of their release stipulations. Clients pay rent and enter a savings program in order to more fully understand their responsibilities. Clients are referred by the Department of Correction Community Enforcement office after having been approved by the facility wardens. (Established 1991)

119-121 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Tel: (860) 543-8929
Robert Rametta, Program Manager

STARR Training to Work 2 Program

STARR Training to Work 2 (STARR T2W2) is a U.S. Department of Labor-funded collaborative program.  Over a 39 month period, up to 125 men and women, who beginning their reentry process while in a Hartford Work Release Program, are enrolled trainings that lead to industry-recognized credentials required for in-demand careers. [Read the program’s eligibility criteria]

The trainees receive important support through intensive case management and wraparound services including mentoring, education, workforce development activities, and job placement and retention assistance.

Headed by CPA, the program’s Collaborative Leadership Team is powered by prominent organizations, employers and state agencies who are actively involved in the design and coordination of the program. Other member organizations include those who provide important support services to participants.

STARR T2W2 offers six training certification programs through members of our Leadership Team:

Bricks Blocks and Mortar - Masonry
Chrysalis Center – Construction Program
Capital Workforce Partners and CREC – iBEST Construction and GED Program
North Star Center for Human Development - Green Industries
Global Health Consultants – Medical Coding
Billings Forge Community Works – Culinary Arts and Safety Program

Additional funding for this project comes from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.


Pam Rahn,
Lead Case Manager/Substance Abuse Counselor
716 Windsor St.
Hartford, CT 06120
Work: (860) 973-2761
Fax: (860) 967-3290

Deborah Rogala, LCSW
Program Operations Director
110 Bartholomew Ave. Suite 4020
Hartford, CT 06106
Work: (860) 271-7209
Cell: (860) 796-8222

Reentry and Employment


  • Job search and employment placement and support
  • Financial and life skills
  • Needs assessment and job readiness
  • Vocational/Educational training & placement