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Sunrise’s Linkage 2 Care Re-entry Program helps recently incarcerated people regain stability and integration back into the community. 

For up to a year post release, Sunrise’s Certified Peer Support Specialists connect Buncombe County residents who have been released from jail or prison in the last 90 days to vital resources such as individualized peer support, recovery programs, recovery housing, harm reduction services, food, work supplies and more. 

Our Peer Support Specialists have a unique bond with program participants and offer an authentic connection, build mutuality and trust, remove stigma, demonstrate the possibility of recovery and help individuals connect with their own strengths. 

These physical and emotional connections are vital in reintegrating formerly incarcerated individuals back into the community and provide stronger engagement and sustained connection when people are most vulnerable to recidivism.

The Power of Peer Support as told by Kat Sullivan, Sunrise Linkage-2-Care Coordinator

“I first met “Bob” (not his real name) about 2 days after he was released from many years in jail. I wanted to get connected to him right away so he knew that he wasn’t alone while he was trying to navigate his new life.

He was able to get a job the first day after his release, which was great. But he didn’t have much of anything. The first thing I got him was a phone and showed him how to use it, because a lot has changed in the past 9 years.

He was starting his new job and needed supplies, so I picked him up and was able to buy him clothes, work boots, a backpack and other necessities. I also gave him bus passes, helped him get signed up for SNAP benefits (food stamps) and gave him some Ingles gift cards to get him through until his benefits began. And finally, I got him connected to recovery groups including the ones we hold at Sunrise. I check in with him a couple times a week, just so he knows that someone cares.

I shared with him that I had similar experiences as him. I told him that I had been incarcerated and that I got help through the Linkage2Care program and now I’m on the other side of that. He reminded me a lot of myself- he is focused on putting his past behind him and moving forward.

I love this program because I get to help people when they feel really scared and vulnerable. I’ve been there, and I didn’t know what I was going to do when I got out of prison. I knew I didn’t want to go back to my old life, but I didn’t know how to start a new one. Sunrise changed my life. Now I get to help people the same way I got help when I needed it.”

Kat Sullivan, CPSS, Certified Recovery Coach
Sunrise Linkage-2-Care Coordinator

Get Connected

If you or someone you know is a Buncombe County resident and was released from jail or prison in the last 90 days, contact Sunrise’s Linkage to Care Program Coordinator at 828.301.4986 or the Linkage to Care Outreach Coordinator at 828-275-1069.