Correctional agencies, scholars and offenders alike have stressed the importance of positive support for someone being released from incarceration. When community members provide support, reintegrative shaming can occur, whereby the offender is welcomed back into the community through displays of forgiveness for their harmful actions. Using qualitative data from the Community Offender Reentry Program, mentors' motivations to work with the incarcerated were explored - a topic largely unaddressed in previous research. Common motivations were identified in the study, including prior exposure to the criminal justice system or incarcerated population. Implications for mentor recruitment are also discussed.