The Office of Reentry is devoted to helping those who were incarcerated to become successful, productive members of the community after they have paid their debt to society. There are many programs to help these individuals find jobs, family, and support services. The office also is a referral source to community based organizations.
Our mission is to service the Newark Re-entry Population, refer them to the appropriate providers and empower these Newark residents to obtain the education and job training skills needed in order to develop a career, while helping others.
Services we provide:
Central Referral Agency
The Office of Reentry acts as a central referral agency for the residents of Newark who are coming home. If the Office of Reentry cannot meet the immediate needs of a client, we will refer them to one of our community partners that provide the needed services.
The primary goal of the Office of Reentry is to ensure Newark’s re-entry population receives appropriate vocational, educational and job training so they are able to enter the labor market in order to become productive members of the community. Many Newark residents who are coming home do not have several important documents such as birth certificates, driver’s license, and social security cards. Without these documents, Newark residents coming home cannot obtain the employment or government assistance that will enable them to reintegrate into our community. The Office of Reentry has partnered with several outside agencies to ensure that Newark residents coming home can acquire these documents.
Case management begins with the intake process. Office of Reentry case managers aid clients with reaching their overall goals by coordinating needed services with multiple outside agencies. Case Managers will assess and advocate for Newark residents coming home.
Educational and Vocational Training (via 990)
The Office of Reentry in conjunction with Newark Works provides several educational and vocational training programs. These program provide ex-offenders with employment and training opportunities into sectors that are ex-offender friendly. These services include GED Prep, automotive, construction,, and CDL training.
The purpose of the prevention team is to reconnect the young adults of our city with core values of community involvement in an effort to inspire them to break the vicious cycle of crime, gang affiliation, and lack of education. We strive to broaden awareness on various levels in order to awaken the inner positive self of the young adults of our city.
Shelter Care Plus Housing Voucher Program
The Administration of the City of Newark, Office of Partnership and Grants Management and Essex County CEASE CoC is partnering with the Re-Entry Department to implement and execute a Shelter Care Plus Housing Voucher Program. The applicants must have a history of incarceration or post incarcerated (90 days or less) chronically homeless with disabilities such as; chronic substance abuse, severally mentally Ill, Veterans, Persons with HIV/AIDS and Victims of Domestic Violence. The Office of Reentry has already begun to house several families under this program our office has conducted several outreach events at correction and shelter facilities. There will be a second wave of funding made available by late May 2015.
Project Hope Transitional Work Program
The second class of Project Hope will commence by April of this year. Project Hope which is a transitional work program that targets Newark residents between the ages of 18 and 30 who have been convicted of a violent crime or are gang affiliated. Project Hope will target residents who live within the Mayor’s Model Initiative zones in the West and South wards. Participants who enroll in this program with receive transitional employment services, case management services and job training. The Office of Reentry will partner with the Department of Neighborhood and Recreational Services in order to provide participants with transitional employment. Participants will work 32 hours per week and make $10.00 per hour for eight weeks assisting the Department of Sanitation with demolition and property clearance, boarding up condemned properties and maintaining parks and grounds throughout the City of Newark. During the eight weeks, participants will also receive case management services every Friday which will address participants’ barriers to employment and participants will attend workshops that will teach proper communication skills, interviewing techniques, resume preparation and job training skills. After participants finish their transitional job, they will enter one of three training programs that will be paid for by the City. Participants will choose from automotive, construction and CDL training programs. Once participants graduate from these training programs, it is our goal to place them in living wage long term employment. Please Click Here for more information about Project Hope.
Organizations the Office of Reentry partners with:
Rutgers University Newark
Essex County College
Greater Newark Conservancy
Newark Community Services
Essex County Welfare
Department of Labor
Department of Justice
Dress for success
Essex County Probation
Director Fredrick Murphy
Senior Policy Advisor Genna Jones
Program Manager Al-Tariq Shabazz
Prevention Specialist Alexis Trusty
Case Manager Natasha Allen
Case Manager Kareen Motley
Case Manager Dawn Asberry
Case Manager Al-Samad Sawab
The Office of Reentry also sponsors:
Clean and Green: Newark’s Transitional Jobs Program
This transitional jobs program run in partnership with the Greater Newark Conservancy, gives participants a chance to learn basic job skills such as timeliness, routine, and conflict management as well as marketable skills in landscaping and light construction.
This initiative helps formerly incarcerated individuals with obtaining identification needed for employment and general purposes. The City of Newark has partnered with Offender Aid and Restoration and Franciscan Charities, Inc. to provide this service to individuals returning home from prison, jail or a halfway house in the past 180 days, or individuals currently residing in a halfway house.
Re Entry Service Providers for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals
OFFENDER AID & RESTORATION
1064 Clinton Avenue, Irvington, NJ
973-481-4568 ext. 3304
Contact: Jerome Young at 973-373-0100
LA CASA DE DON PEDRO
39 Broadway, 2nd Floor
973-481-4568 ext. 3304
Contact: Anibal Alvelo
RENAISSANCE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION CENTER
400 7th Avenue
Contact: Pastor Thomas Reddick
URBAN LEAGUE OF ESSEX COUNTY
508 Central Avenue
Contact: Ann Brackett
Hot Spot Anti-violence Project
NEWARK COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS
31 Green Street, Rm 310
Contact: Sienna Hunter-Cuyjet
Contact the Department of Reentry
Contact: Kareen Motley, Intake Coordinator
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