Discussing Reentry at Mercer County Community College Lecture Series

Jim had the opportunity to speak about prisoner reentry at Mercer County Community College yesterday, as part of MCCC’s fall 2017 Distinguished Lecture Series. Pictured with him on stage is Tracey Syphax, who spoke at our most recent Reentry Conference in Jersey City. Jim discussed the importance addiction treatment, training and employment, healthcare, legal services, and more for persons returning from incarceration, so that they can successfully reintegrate back into society. Photos by Jim Gardner


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NJRC Holiday Party and Toy Drive


Please join our clients, staff, and advocates at NJRC’s Holiday Party at Martin’s Place (398 MLK Jr. Drive, Jersey City) on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 4 pm to 6 pm to celebrate the season. The event is free and dinner will be provided.

Please consider bringing a toy or check for the sake of the clients’ children. Checks may be made payable to “NJRC Children’s Christmas Toy Fund” or you can deposit a toy at any of our NJRC sites. 

NJRC Toy Drop-Off Locations:

  • JERSEY CITY: 398 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (Martin’s Place)
  • KEARNY: 9 Basin Drive, Suite 190 (Kearny Point)
  • NEWARK: 32 Prince Street (Greater Newark Conservancy)
  • PATERSON: 147 Montgomery Street
  • TOMS RIVER: 310 Main Street, Suite 3B
Toys can be dropped off to any of NJRC’s sites through Friday, December 22, from 9 am to 4 pm.

Please click here for driving directions to our Holiday Party at Martin’s Place, which is located at 398 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Jersey City, NJ 07305.

Austin, Successfully Balancing Work and School

Our new client, Austin, is keeping busy with several positive things on his plate. He is enrolled in the National Career Institute (NCI)’s HVAC training program and also got a new job as a dishwasher, which provides room for growth, along with the schedule flexibility needed to attend classes. Additionally, he is in the Army Reserves. “I took advantage of the program’s resources, like the employment search… I found the restoration process for my license to be the most helpful. I had tickets that I was unaware of, and the program is helping me to get them cleared.” If he could tell other people in his position one thing, he would say, “Don’t be discouraged. Put in the effort and the time to do what you need to do. If you’re determined, goal-oriented, and can commit to one week, this program will benefit you in the long run.”


Food Prep and Personal Training for Our Client, Ricky

Our new client, Ricky, stopped in to share that he just got a job as a kitchen worker and cook at a popular restaurant chain. His first day of work was on his birthday! On top of that, he is pursuing a career as a personal trainer and is enrolled in online classes to earn his certification. “I feel like I can regain stature back in this world; I’m back as a prominent, productive citizen,” Ricky said. When it comes to our reentry program, he added, “I learned a lot, and it helped me financially by helping me to find employment, it helped with my credentials and ID, my living situation, and with medical. It’s beautiful.”