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NJ Reentry Corporation Opens Union County Facility

The NJ Reentry Corporation (NJRC) hosted the grand opening of its new Union County facility in Elizabeth. The new site is 8,500 square feet and will accommodate four classrooms, a computer laboratory, nine offices, and two training areas. Presently, there is a significant waiting period for persons to enroll in NJRC case management services. According to Site Director Liz Granovsky, “the new site will ensure that a thousand persons per year will be able to receive critically needed wraparound services for those returning from prison, jail, addiction treatment, and the theater of war.”

NJRC is a nonprofit organization that provides critically needed services for individuals post-release. The organization helps the reentry population achieve healthy self-sufficiency. The new facility in Elizabeth will continue to offer NJRC wrap-around services for our justice-impacted community in Union.

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

“As Senate President, I am committed to second chances to persons coming home from prison, county jail, and addiction treatment and rebuilding their lives,” said Senate President Nick Scutari. “The expanded Elizabeth site will accommodate upwards of a thousand persons per year and connect them with legal services and expungement, addiction treatment, and employment training. NJRC provides job training for commercial driving license, HVAC, construction and General Electric, welding, as well as digital and computer literacy. These skills are critical to competing in the workforce. Historically, Elizabeth has had a three-to-five week waiting period for reentry services. The expanded site will eliminate any such waiting for the foreseeable future.”

NJRC provides critically needed services to 14,868 program participants by providing medical care, addiction and mental health treatment, legal services (e.g., identification procurement, license restoration, and expungement), enrollment in state and federal benefits programs (e.g., Medicaid, SNAP, and General Assistance), housing referrals, job training, and employment.

NJRC has trained 3,367 program participants in Financial Literacy, Computer Fundamentals, and Workplace Readiness, and 1,737 have received “industry-recognized” skill credentials. Furthermore, 6,096 persons are enrolled in Medical Treatment, 8,866 are enrolled in Addiction Treatment Programs/Medication Assisted Treatment, and 4,219 are enrolled in Psychiatric/Mental health treatment facilities. Additionally, 10,184 program participants have enrolled in Medicaid, with 2,312 persons receiving birth certificates and 2,472 MVC identification/driver’s licenses issued.

The United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Justice recognizes NJRC “as being at the forefront of the reentry field.” Our approach is evidence-based, client-focused, and data-driven.

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