NJ Reentry Corporation opens facility in Union County

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NJ Reentry Corporation (NJRC) hosted the grand opening of their new Union County facility in Elizabeth. The new location is 8,500 square feet and will house four classrooms, a computer lab, nine offices and two training areas. There is currently a significant waiting period for individuals signing up for NJRC case management services. According to site manager Liz Granovsky, “The new site will ensure that thousands of people per year can receive much-needed, all-round services for those returning from prison, prison, addiction treatment and the theater of war.”

NJRC is a non-profit organization providing much-needed post-release services to individuals. The organization helps the returning population to achieve healthy self-sufficiency. The new Elizabeth facility will continue to provide full NJRC services to our justice-affected Union community.

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver said: “As Lieutenant Governor and Commissioner of the DCA, I have always championed the importance of second chances. NJRC is a full partner in providing comprehensive services to people returning home from incarceration, addiction treatment and the theater of war. For many people who have never had a first chance, NJRC provides comprehensive services that are healing and helpful to enable productive and healthy living. On a personal level, I have always been committed to NJRC, Second Chances and the power of faith to transform lives.”

“As Senate President, I am committed to ensuring that people coming home from prison, county jail and addiction treatment get a second chance and their lives are rebuilt,” said Senate President Nick Scutari. “The expanded Elizabeth location will accommodate more than a thousand individuals per year, connecting them to legal services and erasure, addiction treatment and employment training. NJRC offers professional training for commercial driver’s license, HVAC, construction and general electric, welding, and digital and computer skills. These skills are crucial to compete in the workforce. In the past, Elizabeth had a three to five week wait for reentry services. The expanded location will eliminate such waiting times for the foreseeable future.”

NJRC provides much-needed services to 14,868 program participants by providing medical care, addiction and mental health treatment, legal services (e.g., general support), housing services, job training, and employment.

NJRC has trained 3,367 program participants in financial literacy, computer literacy and job readiness, and 1,737 have received “industry-recognized” credentials. In addition, 6,096 individuals are enrolled in medical treatment, 8,866 in addiction treatment programs/medication-assisted treatment, and 4,219 in psychiatric/mental health treatment facilities. In addition, 10,184 program participants have been enrolled in Medicaid, with 2,312 receiving birth certificates and 2,472 MVC identifications/driver’s licenses issued.

The United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Justice recognize the NJRC “as a leader in the field of re-entry.” Our approach is evidence-based, customer-centric and data-driven.

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