Surprise Visit from Vernett, a Former Client

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.


NJSPB Tours Community Resource Center at Kearny Point

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.

At the CRC to date, there is a 64.7% employment rate and a 16% recidivism rate. Employment is calculated by the number of work eligible clients (not on blackout) who have jobs. Recidivism is currently measured by how many clients get rearrested or have a warrant issued while enrolled at the CRC. The NJRC as a whole has a 56% employment rate and a 19% recidivism rate, using a six-month benchmark.
Kearny Point once served as prominent shipyard, particularly during World War II, when it provided job opportunities for approximately 35,000 people in the area. Hugo Neu, site owners, founded their company based on the values of economic, social, and environmental sustainability and have been very supportive of the CRC and its clients. With their mission in mind, Hugo Neu’s goal is to revitalize Kearny Point with new businesses, quality job opportunities, green space, access to the waterfront, and more.
Below please find new graphics for the CRC:
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NJCC Issues and Action: The Role of the Church in New Jersey’s Addiction Crisis


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.