Families of Harambee offers a new path to re-entry into society for those once incarcerated

CHESTER — Up the stairs of the Marketplace and through the vividly painted halls into the multi-purpose community room at the Chester Cultural Arts and Technology Center Tuesday, families gathered around the kinara, often seen during Kwanzaa.

The program, Families of Harambee, was developed by Tara F. Jones, president of the CAAT Center.

"It was originally developed just so that any family could work on their relationships, learn culture, just have a space to love themselves," she said, adding that she had since learned that some of the participants of the seven-week program were formerly incarcerated women.