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BAR None


Dismas House
Post Office Box 30125
Worcester, MA 01603




Services: The BAR None program offers legal assistance to citizens with criminal records by addressing civil matters that hinder successful reintegration into the local community. Legal assistance is provided free of charge.

This program addresses this need by assisting clients directly with representation, either by the advocate, or by matching clients with volunteer attorneys to handle issues most commonly encountered by recently re-entered individuals.  Referrals to the program are made by local re-entry service providers in partnership with Dismas House to ensure on-site legal support.  All assistance is provided free of charge.

BAR None director and attorneys (10-15 mentors and attorneys) will assist with the following legal issues:

  • Suspended driver’s license
  • Credit issues
  • Child support issues
  • Child custody/visitation issues
  • Disability
  • Sealing of criminal record


BAR None will provide:

  • Community outreach for referrals from the network of shelters, housing providers and correctional agencies.
  • Recruitment and management of volunteer attorneys to represent former offenders
  • Project management team under the direction of the Dismas Staff Attorney and co-executive director to ensure goals are met and progress is tracked.
  • Project coordination under Dismas Staff Attorney to manage  client referrals and intakes for representation on either brief or full case representation
  • Management of a pool of pro-bono attorneys dedicated to resolving unmet needs for this population and matching clients to pro bono attorneys
  • Provide malpractice insurance at no cost to volunteer attorneys
  • Refer only cases that have been screened for eligibility and legal merit
  • Refer cases to attorneys based on their expressed areas of interest
  • Take volunteers’ schedules and other time commitments into account
  • Supply backup support, case materials, access to interpreters/translators, and other service providers.
  • Provide administrative assistance such as photo copying to attorneys.
  • Assist attorneys with the Limited Assistance Representation process.


EPOCA (Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement)

5 Pleasant Street, 3rd floor, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 410-7676 / (508) 459-0558


CORI information and referral, assistance with sealing CORIs, leadership development. Ex-prisoners and c urrent prisoners, along with allies, friends and family, working together to create resources and opportunities for those who have paid their debt to society



For information about the new CORI Law that went into effect May 2012, and how to seal your CORI record, please visit: massresources.org/cori.html and workforcecentralma.org/additional-programs/re-entry

It is recommended that you seal your record if possible. Most employers will not be able to view a sealed record on your CORI report.

EPOCA (Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement)
4 King Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Services: Ex-prisoners and current prisoners, along with allies, friends and family, working together to create resources and opportunities for those who have paid their debt to society

Workforce Central
44 Front Street, #600, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-1600
Services: Program designed by workforce development professionals and former offenders to create opportunities for people to prove themselves

*Information provided by EPOCA and the Workforce Central Career Center


BAR None – CORI and the Sealing of Criminal Records

The CORI Personal Request Form can be accessed at the following web address: Website: http://www.mass.gov/courts/selfhelp/criminal-law/seal-record.html

Workforce Central Worcester

44 Front Street, 6th floor
Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 799-1600 / (508) 799-8000

Through the Job Seekers services Workforce Central Worcester is there to provide assistance to those who are beginning their work history or those who are looking for a new job.  They provide job training and financial aid is available to assist clients in their career path.  The program also operates a Youth Services and Veterans Services division.


Workforce Central Career Centers can provide financial assistance for re-training to eligible applicants  18 years and over, you must reside or have been currently laid off their service area.

To participate in the program you will be asked to provide two documents:

  1.  Proof of Age in the form of a birth certificate or other legal document that contains your date of birth
  2. Work Authorization, this can be a copy of your passport, birth certificate or alien resident card indicating right to work.

New Leaf Program

This program has been designed by job experts and ex-offenders to help clients land the job that they want.  The first step is to apply for the Career Center Seminar, in which the client will have the opportunity to meet with job-readiness expert and talk about history and develop career goals.


Youth Services

Assistance with work readiness and job search assistance, work experience in the form of internship opportunities, training, counseling and mentoring.  Career development is also available with adult mentoring and follow-up services. Additional Youth Services include GED preparation, MCAS preparation and summer youth employment.

Veterans Services

Veterans receive top priority services.  Clients have the opportunity to meet with a Veterans’ Representative that will provide job assistance. Additionally they  can offer job leads, career planning, career training, resume services,use of personal computers, internet access, workshops and ongoing support, community outreach and other veterans’ resources.

Unemployment Insurance 


Walk-in customers may use the dedicated UI Online computer stations on a first-come, first-serve basis. Basic computer skills are needed for you to enter all personal and confidential claim information yourself when using the Online system.


Stop by the front desk to sign up. UI Online computer stations and printers are available Monday through Thursday, 8:45:00 am–3:00 pm and Fridays, 9:30 am–3:00 pm. If you require assistance to fill out this application, please be advised that staff are available on the following days and times: Monday through Thursday, 8:45:00 am–3:00 pm and Fridays, 9:30 am–3:00 pm.

Older Worker Services

Offers mature workers assistance in re-employment, including coaching and counseling, internships, job referrals, on-the-job training at non-profit and government agencies and much more. To participate you must first attend a Careers Services Seminar and then ask for a referral.




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