ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Re-entry Corporation opened their doors last week to officials and the public to get a good look at their newest location, and what they have to offer to people living in Union County that have a criminal record and may need extra help to get a job, housing and more.
Located at 214-A Commerce Place in Elizabeth, it is the newest branch of the New Jersey Re-entry Corporation (NJRC). NJRC is a nonprofit agency that serves court-involved individuals by providing critically needed services to empower them to achieve healthy self-sufficiency, thereby reducing recidivism and fostering safer communities. The program, championed by Governor James McGreevey, works with private employers and public agencies to train and find employment for this discrete population.
Senator Joesph Cryan, Mayor Christian Bollwage, other public officials and clergy from Union County and beyond came to the event and spoke in support of the importance of the program. A few men who have been through the NJRC program gave heartfelt testimonials of how the program has helped them regain their lives despite having a record.
Video highlights can be viewed below.
Through NJRC’s program, participants receive individualized assessments and treatment plans that address essential needs, including addiction treatment, structured sober housing, job training and employment, linkage to legal services and health care, and spiritual mentoring. During orientation, NJRC staff educate clients on employment skills and soft skills, including resume development, interview and workplace etiquette, goal setting, and frustration tolerance. Clients traditionally receive case management services for a six to nine-month period.
Through NJRC’s pro bono legal services program, clients are screened and provided assistance with driver’s license restoration. According to program officials, the program has been successful in restoring more than 200 driver’s licenses.
NJRC then assists in securing employment for its clients by sustaining relationships with employers that are “background-friendly” and working to educate employers on the benefits of hiring someone with a criminal background.
The New Jersey Re-entry Corporation has a statewide network of re-entry sites in Hudson, Essex, Passaic, Ocean, Union, Bergen, Middlesex, and Monmouth Counties.
To find out more about them you can visit their website by clicking here, or by phone at 551-222-4323.