When there are concerns for a child’s safety or well-being, Supervised Visitation ensures that a child is able to maintain contact with a parent in a safe environment while the issues are resolved. We need to raise awareness in all communities that children and families in these high-risk situations need well-trained and supported professional supervised visitation services.
“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them”
Please support our program with volunteering, gently used toys such as games, dolls and balls.
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Director of Community Support Services
The Center for Community Justice
144 Barrett Street
Schenectady, New York 12305
(518) 346-1281 x37
Friends of CASA, a group of volunteers who came together to help raise funds and awareness of the Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Capital Region Program, hosted their first annual singing competition, "Raise Your Voice", on March 31, 2016 at Proctor's GE Theatre.
The Friends of CASA Committee hosted "Reset a Child's Life" bowling fundraising event on August 9, 2015 at Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady. If you are interested in joining Friends of CASA, please contact Rhonda Vaughn at firstname.lastname@example.org and if you want information about becoming a CASA Volunteer, please contact Lisa Weber at email@example.com.
Seven people completed the 30 hour initial CASA volunteer training during the Spring 2015 training session.
Community volunteers hard at work during CASA training at the Center for Community Justice. Our next CASA training will take place during the spring of 2016. Please contact Lisa Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the next training session. If you do not have the time to volunteer for CASA and would like to help in other ways, please consider joining our Friends of CASA fundraising committee or helping during one of our events. To join Friends of CASA, please contact Rhonda Vaughn at email@example.com.
The Daily Gazette Newspaper features The Community Accountability Board (CAB) at the Center for Community Justice
To see the article click the link below!
The Community Accountability Board need Community Volunteers.
For more information about CAB and volunteer opportunities and training, contact David Reali
call: 518-346-1281 ext. 39
April 2015 Employer Breakfast
During April, 2015, The Center for Community Justice and it's Reentry Program held it's first annual Employer Breakfast. The breakfast was hosted by our friends at the First Unitarian Society Church in Schenectady. Volunteers from the church provided a delicious breakfast which was enjoyed by all. Several employers from different industries came to learn the benefits of hiring returning citizens. Guest speakers from the NYS Department of Labor, the One-Stop Center and the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision all came together to provide information and answer questions.
The first annual Employer Breakfast was held at the Unitarian Universalist Society Church of Schenectady. Find out how this resource can help your business by contacting Tim Staples, Reentry Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 346-1281 ext. 22.
In February 2015, Lisa Weber, a long time CASA volunteer, joined CCJ as the new Schenectady County CASA Coordinator. Lisa brings experience and dedication to CASA. Please contact Lisa for information about CASA and volunteer opportunities. Lisa can be reached at email@example.com or 346-1281 ext.
Thanks to the generosity of Auto/Mate Dealership Systems, we now have a computer lab so that we can provide assistance for individuals searching for employment and working on their resumes. For information, contact Tim Staples at 346-1281 ext. 22.
David Reali new Community Accountability Coordinator
In December 2014, David Reali was hired to assist the Reentry Coordinator with all aspects of the Reentry Program.
In 2015, David was promoted to the position of Community Accountability Board (CAB) Coordinator.
Job Skills Training Program Launches
November 1, 2014
In October 2014 The Center for Community Justice launched our Reentry Job Skills Training Program, made possible by a grant form the United Way of the Greater Capital Region. The first classes of our innaugural Ready, Set, Work! training course began on October 27, 2014. The other, more in depth course, Thinking for a Change will begin the first classes this winter. This program will help released offenders develop the skills to get and keep sustaining employment. Statistics show that employment is the biggest single factor determining whether an individual will commit a crime or violate parole. Our trainers will help released offenders develop interview strategies, guide them in how to respond to issues at work and will provide help with resume development.
To find out more about this program contact Tim Staples at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-346-1281 extension 22
Small Bites for Big Changes Smashes Fundraising Goal!
October 15, 2014
The first annual Small Bites for Big Changes fundraising event at Schenectady's iconic miSci Museum of Science and Technology blew the doors off our fundraising goals. We beat our goal by over 30% and the event went off spectacularly. Those who attended Small Bites for Big Changes know the parking lot was filled beyond capacity, the food stations served amazing dishes which were donated by some of Schenectady's finest restaurants - see the list of participating restaurants below - and everyone had a great time.
The event was guided by the tireless efforts of board member Terri Jewell with help from the rest of the fundraising committee, as well as the staff and the board of CCJ. It takes a village to make a fundraiser work and we are so thankful to everyone who worked so hard to make 2014's Small Bites for Big Changes so successful.
Civitello's Italian Pastry Shoppe
Center Street Pub
Schenectady County Community College
Programs like Community Service, Restorative Justice, Community Accountability Boards, Reentry Job Skills Training, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and Supervised Visitation help our community grow stronger, one person at a time.
Fundraisers and events help The Center for Community Justice raise awareness and generate crucial resources. Join us at our next event and see how you can get involved.
Without our amazing volunteers programs, like Supervised Visitation, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Community Accountability Boards and Restorative Justice would not exist. Get involved! Find out how you can make a difference in your community!