Sep 20, 2012

Faith Partners Hospitality Table for Reentry Particpants Launches!

Today we welcomed staff and volunteers from the Interfaith Center of New York to the Harlem Parole Reentry Court. The volunteers set-up a hospitality table to serve breakfast to Reentry Court clients. This effort is part of a larger partnership between the Interfaith Center of New York and the Harlem Community Justice Center to strengthen informal community responses to the needs of men and women returning from prison. The initiative, Family & Faith Reentry Circles of Support, is made possible with funding from the J.C Flowers Foundation.

As part of the Initative the Justice Center's Reentry Court has developed a Family Reentry Case Management Program engaging persons on parole ages 18-26. Family members are engaged as full partners in their loved one's returning from prison. The Interfaith Center of New York is also funded to engage Harlem congregations to organize faith community responses to the needs of the formerly incarcerated. Harvard University has also been funded to study the program.