Founded in 2020 by Meghan Medlin, the Hub for Integration, Reentry and Employment (H.I.R.E.) is a fiscally sponsored project of Charitable Ventures, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
H.I.R.E. serves justice involved youth and adults in the Orange County, California area working as a link between service providers, employers and community members to reduce recidivism and benefit the community as a whole.
Mission: H.I.R.E.'s mission is to maximize the skills and talents of justice-involved youth and adults.
Vision: We envision a unified Orange County where gaps in social, political, and economic opportunities are eliminated for justice-involved youth and adults.
How: To realize the promise of our mission, we are committed to the following principles:
- Unify Orange County stakeholders, and community members.
- Use research informed and data driven strategies grounded in equity, and justice.
- Lift the voices of the community.
If you would like to join our network, partner on a project, learn about second chance hiring, or are a returning citizen seeking resources or employment, we look forward to connecting with you soon!
Meet The Team
Meghan has been a leader in the workforce development and reentry community for over 15 years which led to her branching out and starting Medlin Workforce & Reentry Solutions LLC, a consulting company, in 2019. Through MWRS, Medlin assists nonprofit organizations, county agencies and employers with program development, training, strategic planning, grant management, and sustainability. She has continued her work with returning citizens getting them placed into quality employment opportunities.
Medlin founded H.I.R.E. in 2020 in response to the need for service linkages and employment in Orange County for returning citizens. Medlin’s work in nonprofit extends over workforce development for at promise young adults and running Orange County’s reentry partnership for a number of years. She is known for her dedication to the Orange County community, specializing in recidivism reduction, workforce development, and poverty and homelessness eradication. She has been an integral part of various initiatives such as Prop 47, AB109, Stepping Up, Ban the Box, and the Continuum of Care. She currently represents the community on the Orange County Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, was a member of the Board of State and Community Correction’s Executive Steering Committee for the Youth Reinvestment Grant and is a Peer Reviewer for the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Program’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. Meghan is also an active member of the FBI Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association and InfraGard Los Angeles. She has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Redlands, a certificate in Gang Prevention and Intervention from Coastline Community College and a Master of Advance Study in Criminology, Law & Society from UC Irvine.
Irving "Irv" Relova is H.I.R.E.'s Program Coordinator, formerly incarcerated for twenty-five years. He was sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole in 1996 and his sentence was commuted in 2018 by Governor Brown.
While incarcerated with very limited access to rehabilitative programming, he helped to start a Youth Diversion Program, mentoring justice involved youth brought to the prison once a month to meet with selected inmates.
Irv facilitated a weekly meditation group while incarcerated, with a focus on mindfulness and spiritual principles.
One of the first prisons to begin a shelter dog training program was at Lancaster. Irv was with the program from the beginning, designing and manufacturing dog leashes, harnesses, crate pillows and blankets, as well as dog training.
Since his release from prison in 2019, Irv has participated in a number of trainings and teachings to cultivate compassion, completing the Compassion Cultivation Training © (CCT) from Stanford University.
Irv will be developing and implementing mentoring programs for justice involved youth and adults. He will facilitate training, workshops, seminars, community meetings and mentorship groups.
As a former Youthful Offender, this work is critically important to Irv due to his life-long commitment to be of service to those who may benefit from his experience with the criminal justice system and mindfulness training, helping them to avoid the pitfalls. H.I.R.E. provides him with the opportunity to make his dream a reality.
His hobbies include training his dog, walks on the beach with his wife, listening to music, skateboarding, and cooking new and interesting dishes.