Our Story

Who We Are

The CCJ Story

        Founded in 1973 to provide access to legal services

        Free/subsidized services so our programs are always accessible

        In the courts for the common good

        Volunteer driven

 

Founded in 1973 by community members who wanted to secure legal services for low income people in Schenectady County, The Center for Community Justice (CCJ) has never lost sight of that core mission. Our staff and volunteers do this work to help the needy in our community.  The people who use our services usually have no other alternative or can’t afford the cost of the other available options.

CCJ provides free or highly subsidized services so people have a place to turn when they’re in need.

CCJ staff and volunteers have helped tens of thousands of people throughout the Capital Region, while easing the financial and administrative burden on social service agencies, overcrowded jails, and local courts.  Our collaboration with judges, district attorneys, probation and parole officials, schools, community groups and other service providers, has been a vital component of our success.

Our volunteers give back to the community, be it as a child’s voice in family court through our CASA program, or by sitting on a Community Accountability Board and helping a young adult through a crisis.

CCJ always welcomes new people and new ideas. That's how we've kept serving the community for nearly 50 years. We invite you to join this on-going community-based project.