One Week Out to Reentry Conference!

Re-Entry Conference 20140417Dear Friend,

Thank you for joining with us at our Reentry Conference next week. During this Holy Season of Passover and Easter, we are reminded that the meaning of life can be discovered in ancient truths and narratives.

Exodus tells the Biblical story of the Israelites journey from slavery to freedom. For many of our clients, the story resonates deeply, as they move from the slavery of addiction and imprisonment to a healthier sense of self and the freedom to make godly decisions. The Easter narrative describes Jesus’ rejection of Rome’s temporal rule and authority and his profound acceptance of the will of God in his life.

Our conference this year focuses upon the “Prisoner’s Story.” What are the influences that bring one to jail and prison? How does incarceration effect a person, their sense of self, family, and community? What is our hope to assist persons to return to productive living? And, lastly, with Mayor Fulop’s leadership, how are we spreading the message and practice of our experience at Martin’s Place here on MLK, Jersey City throughout our state?

We have a full day with many great speakers, World Champion Mike Tyson, former NY Times journalist Chris Hedges, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, medical doctors, and a very funny one man show about prison life entitled “Bullpen”, which the NY Times described as “extremely funny.”

Most importantly, we have you! Your participation, showing up next Thursday, and frankly giving a damn for “the least of these” will help change their lives and make for a better community and a better America.

So, thank you for coming next Thursday to St. Peter’s, thank you for your witness to the hope of second chances, and thank you for helping each of us become what God calls us to be.

See you next week, fondly,


2nd Annual Prisoner Reentry Conference

“Veterans in Construction” Job Fair

“Veterans in Construction” Job Fair

“Veterans in Construction” Job Fair

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop,
Hudson County Building Trades,
Jersey City One-Stop Career Center,
Jersey City Employment & Training Program

cordially invite you to a

“Veterans in Construction” Job Fair

The Hudson County Building Trades Association is working with Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Jersey City One-Stop Career Center and the Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP) to help Jersey City veterans enter into the construction and building trades. The program is ideal for returning veterans and offers a pre-test to assess the skill level of potential applicants. Additional assistance is available for math and reading test preparation, obtaining diplomas and transcripts from Jersey City schools, and driver’s license reinstatement.

With unprecedented construction going on in Jersey City, almost all the trades need apprentices. Veterans are also eligible for the Helmet to Hard Hats Program, which gives top priority to veterans looking for a career in the building trades.

Learn about the various unions of the Building Trades that offer veterans a career as a:

• Plumber • Carpenter • Laborer • Electrician • Painter • Roofer • Insulator…and others!

WHEN: Wednesday, March 18th at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Jersey City One-Stop Career Center
438 Summit Avenue, 1st Floor

There are standard requirements for applying which include having a birth certificate, a valid driver’s license, a high school diploma or GED. Please bring a copy of each document with you to apply.

Do you know other veterans that may be interested in this program? Please share this invitation with them so that they may RSVP.


2nd Annual Prisoner Reentry Conference


2015 Re-Entry Conference

2015 Re-Entry Conference

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On Thursday, April 2, 2015, at St. Peter’s University, Jersey City, the Jersey City Employment & Training Program will host our Second Annual Prisoner Reentry Conference entitled “The Prisoner’s Story.”

Special Guest Speakers include: Christopher Hedges, Mike Tyson, Dr.Tracey Shors and Commissioner Bernard Kerik.

The conference will focus on the trauma, stress, medical and behavioral challenges of an inmate’s journey from childhood to prison to reentry.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Saint Peter’s University Mac Mahon Student Center (47 Glenwood Avenue, Jersey City, NJ). Registration opens at 8 a.m.

If you would like to attend our conference, please register by visiting Each guest must be registered individually.  For questions or concerns, please send an e-mail to