Our Mission

Providing peaceful resolutions, accountability and justice through community-based remedies.

Helping People for Over Four Decades

For the past 40 years the Center for Community Justice staff and volunteers have assisted residents of the Capital Region through difficult times. Our services have helped tens of thousands of people, and we're proud of that accomplishment. Programs like Community Service, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Restitution and Supervised Visitation have been crucial to the health of our legal system and our community. Without programs like these and new ones such as Community Accountability Boards and the Restorative Justice, local courts would be overloaded with minor cases, and far too many low income people would have suffered needlessly because there is no one else to turn to for the services they need.

One of our newest program's - Juvenile Community Accountability Board (JCAB) began training volunteers in early 2015 and has helped nearly 50 kids since. Community Accountability Boards (sometimes called neighborhood accountability boards) have been proven effective in communities in our region and across the country. Community volunteers make this program so successful. To sign up to become a Community Accountability Board volunteer contact dreali@theccj.org.

Visit our volunteer page for more information about this and other opportunities.


The Latest CCJ News

It's not too early to get ready to showcase your singing talents at our third annual Raise Your Voice on April 26, 2018 at Proctors Theatre.
Call 518-346-1281 for information.

Friends of CASA hosts "Raise Up Your Voice" Sing for Kids Fundraiser

On April 27, 2017 Friends of CASA  volunteers came together to put on the second annual Raise Your Voice celebration to support  CASA of the Capital Region (Court Appointed Special Advocates). This year's event featured  twenty amazingly talented young people who performed at Proctor's Theater to a packed audience. The event raised $10,000, doubling last year's income. Thank you to all of the kids, volunteers, committee members, sponsors and everyone in the community who came out that night. Without everyone's help we couldn't have exceeded our goals. Raise Your Voice supports CASA of the Capital Region  and their mission of helping children who are victims of abuse and neglect.  Anyone interested in becoming part of Friends of CASA or a CASA volunteer, please contact Rhonda Vaughn at rvaughn@theccj.org.


Earn your piece of cake! Become a CASA Volunteer contact rvaughn@theccj.org or call 518-346-1281

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CCJ's Community Accountability Board program featured by Daily Gazette

Follow the link below to the April 25, 2015 Daily Gazette article on CCJ's new Community Accountability Board program



Employer Breakfast Standing Room Only!

Employers Show Interest in Hiring Reentering Citizens




Interest in CAB Training Through the Roof

With CAB boards already hearing cases, we need volunteers. When we announced our June training we had no idea that so many people in Schenectady would want to participate. There are already so many people taking the training that we're thinking of moving to a larger room. Interested in becoming a CAB volunteer? Call 518-346-1281 extension 30 to join in our June training. Dates: June 11, 15, and 17.