Call: (585) 325-7727 | Email: shermond.reid@rocjpc.org | Located at Danforth Community Center, 200 West Avenue, 2nd Floor, Rochester, NY 14611, RTS BUS # 23

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JPC Services

 

Women’s Legal Action Project and Legal Action Project…. established in 2007

Legal and employment support services remove barriers to employment, housing, and family reunification for those involved in the criminal justice system. These empowering support services lead to self-sufficiency through employment and a career.

 

To participate call 325-7727 & speak with JPC Service Coordinators Annette or Myril to learn more and complete a phone intake application.

These services include:

  • applying for and obtaining a RAP Sheet, Record of Arrest and Prosecution.
  • obtaining a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or Good Conduct
  • having criminal records sealed (if eligible) once a rap sheet is obtained
  • specialized women’s employment rights workshop (dates TBD)
  • obtaining a birth certificate, NYS Non-drivers Identification (required for the RAP sheet) and Social Security card.
  • intensive support services for women and men at risk to return to jail/prison.
  • referrals to our legal partners
    • advocacy with the employer or the Department of Health for licensure in New York State.
    • addressing re-entry employment rights protected by NYS human rights law and employment law.
  • referrals to schooling including GED, high school, or post-secondary training or college.
  • referrals for substance abuse or mental health counseling.
  • assistance obtaining employment.
  • referrals for housing and childcare.

Anyone with an arrest record living in the Monroe County area, or relocating to Monroe County from a county jail or state/federal prison, is eligible to participate in LAEP-EE.

Housing for the Homeless.............established in 2010

Safe, affordable and long-term housing with support services leading to self-sufficiency for homeless women and men who have been/are involved in the criminal justice system. This is a small program with a long waiting list.

Housing for the Homeless empowers participants to:

  • lead a healthy lifestyle and maintain stable housing.
  • maintain DHS, Social Security or employment income.
  • link with other organizations that provide additional support services/enrichment
  • referrals for substance abuse or mental health counseling.
  • enter the LAEP-EE program (call office 325-7727) to obtain a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or Good Conduct or be approved to seal their criminal record.
  • become economically independent through employment.
  • enroll in further schooling including GED, high school or post-secondary training or college.

Eligible participants include homeless individuals (living on the streets, motel or in a shelter) with prior involvement in the criminal justice system and a long-term disabling condition. A history of prior incarceration or on probation or parole and living in Monroe County. This is a small program with a long waiting list.

New Journey .........established in 2010

Mothers exiting the criminal justice system receive empowering support services leading to self-sufficiency and a healthy lifestyle.

To participate in this program call 325-7727, JPC office and ask to speak to New Journey staff, or call Dorothy Chung, 585-704-9660 to learn more and complete a phone intake application.

Specific services include:

  • Creation of a re-entry plan.
  • Assessment for risk of return to jail/prison.
  • Obtaining birth certificate, NYS non-driver’s identification and social security card.
  • Reunification with children and family members.
  • Help obtaining permanent housing and childcare.
  • Case management and weekly therapeutic support group post-release.
  • Individual mentoring based on interest and availability of mentors.
  • Referrals for: substance abuse and mental health treatment, schooling/training, job readiness and employment programs.
  • Establishing steps to increasing employability: applying for and obtaining the Rap Sheet, reviewing and correcting it. Preparing an application for a certificate of rehabilitation/sealing.
  • Break the cycle of poverty and reduce recidivism.

 

Eligible participants include women who have exited any of the following jails/prisons within the last 6 months:

  • pregnant or have children age 12 or younger.
  • grandmothers caring for grandchildren.
  • exiting the Monroe County Jail.
  • New York State prison or federal prison.
  • returning to live in Monroe County or in a contiguous county and able to travel to Rochester periodically.


Faith Community Adult Mentoring Program ………established in 1996

Trained volunteer mentors provide support and encouragement to incarcerated or recently released women and men.

To request a mentor or become a mentor and/or learn about mentoring call Dorothy Chung, 585-704-9660.

With these tools participants will:

  • navigate barriers.
  • realize their dreams and become self-sufficient tax paying citizens.

Mentors meet regularly (twice monthly) and provide ongoing encouragement, guidance and feedback to the mentee. Mentors and mentees create an individualized re-entry plan that includes:

  • goals and steps needed.

Specific services provided through FCAMP include:

  • Referrals to other resources and service:
    • substance abuse and mental health treatment.
    • schooling/training, job readiness and employment programs.
  • Housing and child care referrals.
  • Preparing an application for a certificate of rehabilitation/sealing. Call the office at 325-7727 to start the process and participate in the Legal Action and Employability Project, Enhanced and Expanded, LAEPEE
    • Assistance obtaining a birth certificate, NYS Non-drivers Identification and Social Security card
    • Applying for and obtaining the rap sheet, Record of Arrest and Prosecution.
    • Reviewing/correction of rap sheet.
    • Referrals to Legal Assistance of Western New York, LawNY (LawNY) Monroe County Public Defender’s Office (PD) or Center for Community Alternatives (CCA).
    • Advocacy with the employer or the Department of Health for licensure in New York State.

Eligible participants include individuals incarcerated or exiting the Monroe County Jail, a New York State Prison (Albion or Orleans Correctional Facilities) or a Federal Prison and planning to return to live in Monroe County. Some exceptions are made for those living in a contiguous county and are able to travel to Rochester.

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