Opportunity Reconnect-Camden provided ex-offenders in Camden County integrated reentry services that supported them in their transition to productive and healthy lifestyles when they returned to their communities. > more (PDF)
In April, 2009, the Sen. Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs (WRI), of Rutgers–Camden, was awarded a grant from the Nicholson Foundation to coordinate the development and operation of a reentry center in Camden that would serve ex-offenders being released from state prisons in New Jersey. Our target population was those released within the past 3 to 6 months under the supervision of the NJ State Parole Board. WRI endeavored to replicate Opportunity Reconnect in Newark which has been in operation for almost 8 years. The Newark center is housed right in Essex County College.
The goal of Opportunity Reconnect (OR) was to improve the coordination of critical service delivery systems by establishing a one-stop reentry center that assisted those that were formerly incarcerated to successfully navigate the various systems and agencies to which services were available.