Sara Foss interviews David Reali about our Ready Set WORK program and how it helps ex-offenders obtain employment.

David Reali, Offender Workforce Development Specialist, was interviewed by Sara Foss from The Daily Gazette in regards the importance of employers hiring ex-offenders and the support that a program like Ready Set WORK provides.

May is National Supervised Visitation Awareness Month

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”  

                                                                                                                                  ~James Baldwin

Please support our program with volunteering, gently used toys such as games, dolls and balls.   


Pam Brucker

Director of Community Support Services

Supervised Visitation

The Center for Community Justice

144 Barrett Street

Schenectady, New York 12305

(518) 346-1281 x37

Friends of CASA Hosts First Annual Singing Competition - "Raise Your Voice"

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates of New York State Board President Arthur Siegel speaks at "Raise Your Voice"

  • One of many talented young individuals competing for the top spot in the "Raise Your Voice" singing competition

    One of many talented young individuals competing for the top spot in the "Raise Your Voice" singing competition

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.

Friends of CASA Bowling Fundraiser- "Reset A Child's Life"

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 and if you want information about becoming a CASA Volunteer, please contact Lisa Weber at

Albany County Family Court Judge Margaret Walsh Congratulates Newly Sworn-In CASA Volunteers

Seven people completed the 30 hour initial CASA volunteer training during the Spring 2015 training session.


CASA Volunteers Hard At Work During CASA Training

CASA Training May 2015

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 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


Daily Gazette Features CCJ's Community Accountability Board Program

Executive Director Cheryl Vallee and CCJ Board of Directors Vice President Bill Levering discuss the CAB program

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


Reentry Employer Breakfast hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Society Church in Schenectady

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.

Tim Staples at Re-entry Breakfast

Tim Staples Re-entry Task Force Coordinator, warmly welcomes all in attendance.

Angela Crupe from NYS Department of Labor

Angela Crupe talks about the tax benefits of hiring a returning citizen and federal bonding for businesses.

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 or 346-1281 ext. 22.

CASA Hires Lisa Weber

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 or 346-1281 ext.  

Lisa Weber, Schenectady County CASA Coordinator

Computer Lab donated by Auto/Mate Dealership Systems

February 2015

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.


Reentry Program's newly hired David Reali

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 or call 518-346-1281 extension 22


Over 180 people attended 2014's Small Bites For Big Changes

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.

Participating Restaurants

Apperitivo Bistro



Civitello's Italian Pastry Shoppe

Bel Cibo

Cafe Nola

Center Street Pub

Katie O'Byrnes


Turf Tavern

Marotta's Bar-Ristro

Schenectady County Community College



Images from Small Bites for Big Changes