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Poynter to present KARES at Fiscal Court meeting

Aaron Poynter, Director of Re-Entry Programming with the South Central Kentucky Workforce Development Board, is on the agenda for this afternoon's Adair Co. Fiscal Court meeting to speak about launching KARES in Adair County.

KARES (Kentucky Area Resources) launched an online tool in Russell County in partnership with the Fiscal Court and city governments. Poynter says that KARES has been tremendously successful and heavily used by both individuals and KARES partners. They have already expanded the KARES network to Barren County and Hart County, and Pulaski County and Monroe County are being built and added to the network.

In a nutshell, KARES is a local network to get the members of local communities connected to the things they need to be successful, whether it is general employment, food, housing, or identification. This 23-County Resource Guide has been developed into an application that can be accessed on the internet at

There are some specific tools to help folks re-entering society after incarceration, and to help local officials who work with them. Poynter, who has a background as a police officer, says, "we are aware that often times the 'reentering individual' needs something specific and specific guidance," but he stresses, "KARES is for EVERYONE - even individuals that are currently working but may need career training or other resources."

Since they track the users and outcomes of the individuals, KARES can also be a valuable data tool. They can observe data trends within a specific county and provide information of any gaps in service or trends that may help the community. This data is helpful for grants or funding that may be needed to address these issues.

The KARES.US website has three options:
  • 1. Explore this is essentially a local search - Resources within the counties - the user types in their name and phone number to access the list of local resources, with address, phone number and other information.

  • 2. Register This is a similar tool BUT it is targeted for the Jail, County Attorney, and Recovery Centers - This is getting those users into contact with the Reentry Division to start working through those barriers to reentry to the workforce after incarceration.

  • 3. Request Assistance This is for the individual that just needs assistance and may need some more hands-on guidance through the process.
KARES is positioning the web tool for every area of a community:
  • 1. Individuals that need help

  • 2. Social Service and non-profits - to increase awareness of their services and increase the number of individuals using those services

  • 3. Businesses - This is also a tool for current employees that may be struggling and need some assistance.

  • 4. Local Government - Assistance with knowing how to get individuals the help they need.
    • a. County Attorney - an option to get individuals into contact with the proper resources to reduce reoffending, and to increase repayment of fines/child support.
    • b. Jail- to get inmates that are releasing into contact with valuable resources to assist in their reentry to society and the workforce, and to reduce recidivism
    • c. Law enforcement
Poynter says that as a former police officer, "knowing the resources and how to get individuals into contact with those resources would've been amazing to have when I was working."

This story was posted on 2022-02-28 14:57:38
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