Reentry Networking Lunches

formerly:  Community Reentry Fellowship

weather policy:  if grand rapids public schools (GRPS) are cancelled, this event will also be cancelled.


Oakdale Park CRC Ministry Center

Once each month on a Tuesday

from 12:00 - 1:00 pm* 

* See schedule for specific dates for 2018


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Calvin Christian Reformed Church

Thursday Mornings 
9:30 - 11:15 am

Mentor Support Group

-- a light dinner will be served --

First United methodist Church (across street from CJC Offices) - 227 Fulton St East, room tbd.  

Parking behind building and next to church / Enter church from north parking lot enterance.

date:  TBA

Time:  6:00pm - 7:30pm


Enjoy fellowship and a light meal with other mentors!

This is an opportunity to share tips and resources, renew energy to face challenges and focus on building a nurturing relationship with those we serve.

We would like to encourage you to come and be part of a time of sharing and discussion about your mentor/mentee relationships.

Please RSVP and register with Reuben Ndjerareou at 464-4925 x12, reubencjc@att.net, or below.

Mentor Training

First United Methodist Church - across street from CJC Offices.  


combined: Mentor orientation & skills training

date:  TBA

time:  9:00 am - 12:00 Noon

call for details or schedule. REGISTER BELOW

Reuben Ndjerareou:  616 454-4925 x12, reubencjc@att.net

Criminal Justice Chaplaincy invites you to an introduction to mentoring an ex-offender, a "returning citizen."  The obstacles faced by ex-offenders returning to our community are so overwhelming that often a productive life without crime seems impossible to achieve on their own.  As a mentor, you become part of a team that provides support to help returning citizens deal with and overcome these threatening obstacles, making our community safer and healthier in the process!

A mentor is a concerned, accepting friend who provides encouragement and promotes accountability.  At the meeting you will hear from a former inmate about the effects of the prison experience and typical obstacles faced when re-entering society.  You will find out what mentoring involves and how to be an effective mentor.  At a follow up Skills Training, you will learn about building rapport, listening effectively, problem-solving, and boundary setting.  Come explore this opportunity to make a difference!


CJC's 37th Annual Dinner


River City Improv

Thursday -- November 9, 2017.                                       RSVP required by Nov 3.


Reception begins at 6:00 pm.

Dinner & Program are from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids                                               5700 28th St SE - Grand Rapids, MI


Founded in 1993 by a couple of Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) grads who desired some more danger and adventure in their lives, River City Improv performs short-form Improvisational comedy based on audience suggestions. Their style of clean, clever comedy is similar to that seen on ABC’s Whose Line is it Anyway?   They have also studied long-form improv with Improv Olympic in Chicago. They create shows that  meld together different styles of Improv to provide an evening of gut-wrenching, roll-on-the-floor, rip-roaring fun!

Contact CJC for more information.  Reservations required for this dinner event.   Please reserve by Friday, November 3 by clicking RSVP box below, mailing in an RSVP (available by printing from below link) or contacting Cheryl Wyma at 616 454-4925 or cherylcjc@sbcglobal.net.