A Brighter Way: Reentry Through Relationship - services and opportunities for formerly released incarcerated people
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Reentry Through Relationship

A Brighter Way empowers formerly incarcerated individuals returning to our community to achieve purpose-filled lives with the guidance of a supportive, experienced team.

From a dark place, A Brighter Way was founded because among the formerly incarcerated:

We believe the solution begins with relationships, support & community.

The formerly incarcerated individuals we serve are able to find opportunity and growth with the support of a dedicated team. We call this process Reentry Through Relationship and we believe in it because we’ve seen it work.

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Active mentees who have remained in the community


Mentees who were able to find employment

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Full time ABW staff with lived carceral experience


Changing lives one relationship at a time.

“A Brighter Way has been just that, a brighter way for me to make my return to society after 44 years of incarceration.”

“A Brighter Way has given me peace of mind, it is only
because of them that I was able to secure housing.”

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A Brighter Way only happens when everyone shares their unique light:

Become a Community Mentor

A brighter way mentor and mentee - a person released from prison who found a new home apartment

All you need is an open mind and a willingness to learn. We provide the mentor training.

Volunteer in Another Way

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Share your unique skills or resources! We are always looking for a variety of skill sets.

Make a Financial Donation

A brighter way staff and board members at an event with plates of food

Your monetary contribution is appreciated and can make a big impact.

Monday, October 7th, 2024 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at  Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building


We aim to bring awareness to our partners, community and fellow bridge builders. It is through these relationships that obstacles are overcome.

Registration information will be available soon. Please save the date. Tabling information for the resource fair is available in the events section of our website.

Listen to Conversations About
A Brighter Way

A brighter way podcast in the studio with Robin and Adam, with their guest a woman who was formerly incarcerated and has returned to society

Conversations About a Brighter Way is a podcast showcasing the humanity of people who have been incarcerated. By sharing struggles and successes, these stories will highlight the complexities of navigating the world post incarceration. Each person’s perspective is unique and by sharing their experiences, we hope these conversations will lead us toward... a brighter way.