We were pleased to have a surprise visit from Vernett today! She is a former client of Helena Muhammad and Jim McGreevey from the Integrity House unit of the Hudson County Correctional Center. Today, she is six years sober, enrolled in college to become a drug and alcohol counselor, and on track to graduate next spring. She stopped by Martin’s Place this morning to share her success story, and she expressed interest in helping to promote our program and to offer her services. We are proud of Vernett’s success and how she transformed her life by overcoming addiction, maintaining sobriety, and going back to school.
The New Jersey State Parole Board Chairman, Vice Chairman, Board Members, and Executive Staff came to the New Jersey Reentry Corporation’s Community Resource Center yesterday to tour the new facility at Kearny Point. They praised NJRC’s integration with the Jersey City Employment and Training Program’s One Stop Career Center, along with the provision of training and employment services for parolees. The Parole Board leadership said the NJRC site was an example of “best practices” and set a standard for parole community resource centers.
Our client, Bolivar, is a reverend and has written a book about his past experiences with addiction, incarceration, and life after his release. Written in Spanish, it is entitled, “Cadenas Rotas,” which translates to, “Broken Chains.” Please read the excerpt by clicking here.
Our executive director, Jim McGreevey, had the opportunity to deliver the Keynote Address at the New Jersey Council of Churches (NJCC) “Issues and Action” Event on Saturday, April 29, where he discussed the role that addiction plays in contributing to New Jersey’s prison population. Workshops at “Issues and Action” included the Basics of Opioids, How to Do Outreach in the Community, the Criminal Justice System and Opioids, and Addiction Issues and Public Policy.
Speakers and workshop leaders included Rev. Charles Boyer, Founder, Salvation and Social Justice; Rev. Jackie Burgess, Pastor, United Methodist Church; Marcus Burnett, Vice President, NJCC; Dr. Robert Eilers, Medical Director, NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services; Joan M. Diefenbach, Esq., Director, NJCC; Canon Clara Gregory, Diocese of New Jersey; Co-Chair NJCC Public Policy Group; Rev. Joyce Phipps, Esq., United Church of Christ, Co-Chair NJCC Public Policy Group; and Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey Drug Policy Alliance.
Please click here to view the program.