Lamont on Working as a Manager in Shipping and Receiving


Our client, Lamont, stopped by to share the great news that he recently found employment as a manager in the shipping and receiving department at a warehouse. He participated in our NJ BUILD program, where he received training on how to use the machinery required for his job. Some of the machines include a cherrypicker, ride-on power jack, sit-down forklift, reach lift, and scissor lift.

“I love my job,” he said. “The program helped me with my resume, which got me in the door.” Through NJ BUILD, he became OSHA certified and was able to add this to his resume, making him a competitive candidate. “NJ BUILD also taught me to cooperate as a team and go forth from there,” he said. Thank you to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and Project Impact for their partnership and support.

From Pre-Apprentice to Apprentice

Our client Steven stopped by this week to tell us that he recently got a job as an apprentice at a construction company! He is doing brick and block masonry work on a high-rise condominium in Jersey City.

In case you missed it, check out the video below that shows Steven in action at his pre-apprentice program a few months ago.


Press Conference SAME SKY America Newport Mall Holiday Kiosk

December 14, 2015 Media Contact: Mike Lacy
Digital Media Coordinator


Update: Mayor Fulop will not be able to attend.

Press Conference Regarding SAME SKY America’s New Holiday Kiosk at Newport Mall with Mayor Steven Fulop, Francine LeFrak, Jim McGreevey and Reverend Gloria Walton

What: SAME SKY America, Francine LeFack’s vision to give formerly incarcerated women in the United States second chances as they work to restore their confidence and rebuild their lives through craftsmanship and entrepreneurship, is opening a holiday kiosk at Newport Mall. The SAME SKY America kiosk, which will be set up through Sunday, December 20, will feature SAME SKY America’s artisans, health and wellness fitness guru Andrea Fornarola, as well as JP Morgan and Wells Fargo Employees, such as Dionne Lloyd and Maria Gomez, both of Wells. Steven Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City, Jim McGreevy, former New Jersey Governor and Executive Director of the prisoner reentry focused Jersey City Employment and Training Program, will be in attendance as well as Reverend Gloria Watson, founder and operator of The Most Excellent Way of Life Center.

Media RSVP Required. Contact to RSVP.

When: Friday, December 18, 2015 at 12 p.m.

Where: Newport Mall, 30 Mall Drive West, Jersey City, NJ 07310
Level 2 in the Sears Wing between Kids Footlocker and H&M

Who:Steven Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey
Francine LeFrak, Founder SAME SKY America
Jim McGreevey, Former Governor of New Jersey
Reverend Gloria Walton
Andrea Fornarola, Fitness Guru

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Press Release — Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno attends walk through of new Hudson County Community Resource Center for parolees


Media Advisory
June, 9, 2015
Media Contact:
Ziad Andrew Shehady Operations Manager

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Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno attends walk through of new Hudson County Community Resource Center for parolees

Jersey City, New Jersey – Lt. Governor of New Jersey Kim Guadagno gave remarks at the walk through ceremony for the new facility for parolees in Hudson County, the Sacred Heart Community Resource Center (CRC). The CRC, which is located in the renovated Dominion Priory of the Sacred Heart Church at 183 Bayview Avenue, was launched in partnership with the New Jersey State Parole Board (NJSPB), the Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP), and Integrity House, an addiction and mental health treatment center.

The event was hosted by JCETP Executive Director Jim McGreevey. Also in attendance and delivering remarks were Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Hudson County Executive Thomas A. Degise, and (NJSPB) Chairman James T. Plousis. A tour of the newly renovated facility was conducted after remarks had concluded around 2 PM.

The new Community Resource Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) to be known as “The Sacred Heart Community Resource Center” will replace the current CRC at 2835 John F. Kennedy Blvd in Jersey City.
The Sacred Heart Community Resource Center will provide services to parolees, including addiction treatment though Integrity House, legal assistance, registration with a Federally Qualified Health Center, essential workforce skills, cognitive behavioral therapy based Motivational Interviewing, building trades apprenticeship programs, resume workshops, conflict resolution exercises, conversational skills, anger management and stress reduction techniques, and more.

The NJSPB awarded the contract for $4.2M over three years because of the proven success reducing recidivism and increasing employment that JCETP, led by Governor McGreevey, has previously demonstrated working with similar populations. JCETP initiatives have been commended by the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance which awarded JCETP the “gold standard” in prisoner reentry work. The National Institute of Justice has recognized JCETP as being “at the forefront of the reentry field.”

The 2014 Warming Shelter initiative administered by JCETP not only provided warm shelter, meals and showers to the homeless, it also saved the DOC $230K. “Frequent Flyer” inmates, who purposely seek wintertime incarceration for survival, were redirected through the Warming Shelter, reducing recidivism and saving the DOC money.

CRCs have historically proven themselves to be ineffective at reducing recidivism. The National Institute of Justice (2011)1 reported that the majority of Community Resource Centers or “Day Reporting Centers” in New Jersey are ineffective at improving outcomes for their client parolee client base. The NIJ report found that day reporting centers did not have better results than traditional parole programs and in fact “treatment effects were significantly worse.”

The NIJ based its findings on a 2011 report published by Dr. Douglas Boyle of the Violence Institute of New Jersey at Rutgers University. Dr. Boyle’s research team conducted a randomized trial of New Jersey CRCs and found that the existing CRCs in New Jersey led to parolees offending over 100 days sooner than those we were not assigned to a CRC.
In conversation with JCETP, Dr. Boyle explained that the poor results of many CRCs could be related to a conflict of interest within the multi-national corrections corporations who own the majority of New Jersey CRCs.

“Corporations by definition, their goal, and I studied corporate law and I know corporate law, their goal is to maximize profits. So conspiracy or not there’s something a lot of people refer to as a prison industrial complex and I include in that community corrections as well.”
Dr. Boyle elaborated, “here a corporation is just doing what a corporation normally does, and that’s why I don’t think they’re suited to run these kinds of operations. They should be not-for-profit operations.”

The Sacred Heart CRC’s unique combination of addiction treatment, legal aid services, and employment training and placement makes the non-profit unique amongst the field of reentry programs in New Jersey. The CRC will begin delivering services in September, serving up to sixty parolees at a time.

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Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP) Sponsoring Open House Recruitment Session Held by RGIS, World’s Largest Inventory Service


Media Advisory
June, 9, 2015
Media Contact:
Ziad Andrew Shehady Operations Manager

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Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP) Sponsoring Open House Recruitment Session Held by RGIS, World’s Largest Inventory Service

Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP) will sponsor a recruitment session on Thursday, held by RGIS, the world’s largest inventory service. RGIS has immediate openings for part-time hourly inventory takers for local and major retailers throughout northern New Jersey and surrounding communities.

JCETP is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that provides employment workshops and outreach services. The RGIS recruitment session is open to all, including current clients of the JCETP program. RGIS is an equal opportunity employer with over 20,000 employees in more than 170 offices around the United States.

The reentry population served by JCETP has a job attainment rate of 60% and the program has been recognized by the National Institute of Justice “as being at the forefront of the reentry field.” Thursday’s open house will provide recruitment services for all who are in attendance regardless of court involvement.

RGIS’s employment opportunities start at $9.25/hr. Employees are also offered flexible schedules, paid training, a health plan after 90 days, shopping discounts, and advancement opportunities. Positions are available for regular, part-time work.

Job seekers must be 18 years or older, have access to reliable transportation, and are asked to bring their Social Security Card, photo I.D. and resume to the event. Applicants are requested to RSVP for the event at

The Recruitment Session will take place Thursday, June 11 at 10 am, and it will be held atThe Mary McLeod Bethune Center. 140 Martin Luther King Dr., Jersey City, New Jersey.