Reconnections Program Promises To Help Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Rejoin Society

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ELIZABETH – United Way of Greater Union County, Union County College, and the County of Union’s Department of Human Services have partnered to launch Reconnections, a program to assist formerly incarcerated individuals to gain access to services to help develop skills that they can use to make their lives better.

The program will leverage the existing network of Family Success Centers in Union County and bring their services to bear on this project.

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“We believe that this initiative will leave a lasting positive impact on the lives of the individuals and families we will help,” said James W. Horne Jr., President & CEO of United Way of Greater Union County. “This program is a perfect opportunity for them to achieve sustainable success through new opportunities and to also engage with their families.”

Reconnections will operate out of the Elizabeth and Plainfield One Stop Career Centers. Social services, case management, education, career planning and mentoring support services will be provided to individuals that are participating in the program.  The Reconnections staff will utilize a supportive team approach as needed services are provided with the goals of leading the client to self-sufficiency and an overall reduction of the recidivism rate.

The program is funded, through United Way of Greater Union County, by a grant from the Nicholson Foundation and is currently functioning in both Elizabeth and Plainfield.


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