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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Re-Entry Center helping residents transition back into society

  • There’s a diverse group of people at the Lake Region Residential Re-Entry Center in Devils Lake.


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  • There’s a diverse group of people at the Lake Region Residential Re-Entry Center in Devils Lake.
    It presently includes 19 people, 17 men and two women.
    Most of them work during the day as they attempt to straighten their lives out.
    Three of the men don’t work, however. Both females do, and the work-release program seems to be running smoothly.
    Their jobs range from construction to fast food. Some are fulltime, some are part-time, and they seem to be enjoying the opportunity to get out in society and get a new start.
    “The response I’ve gotten has all been favorable,” says Operations Manager Erin Bonney.
    “They don’t want to sit around all day and be bored, and they need money for various things. And they all seem to be good workers.”
    Most of the employers seem to be thankful for good workers and most of them are real genuine people.
    Bonney says as they develop more pride, self-worth and purpose they emerge with goals.
    That’s when she notices changes and differences in them, and that’s one of the most rewarding aspects to her job.
    That creates signs that the purpose of the facility is functioning well - helping folks make the transition back into society and a new life.
    But while there, they must abide by the rules or they’ll find themselves back in the boat they arrived there in.
    “Otherwise they don’t stay here,” added Bonney. “It’s a wide variety of personalities here and a diverse group.”
    “It can be challenging at times.”
    Ages in the facility range from the 20’s up to the late 50’s.

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