Community Reentry Fellowship

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


Oakdale Park CRC Ministry Center

First & Third Tuesdays from 12:00 - 1:00 pm* 

*See flier for Winter 2016-2017 Schedule


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Calvin Christian Reformed Church

Thursday Mornings 
9:30 - 11:15 am

Mentor Support Group

-- a light dinner will be served --

CJC Offices - 207 Fulton St East, room 3107.  

Parking behind building / Enter building from ramp on Barclay St.

date:  Thursday, January 26, 2017

Time:  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


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

CJC Offices.  Enter building from ramp on Barclay St.


Date of Mentor orientation: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

date of skills training:    Tuesday, March 7, 2017

time:  6:00 - 8:30 pm

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 36th Annual Dinner

keynote speaker:

Jeff Smith, Ph.D.

Thursday -- November 10, 2016.                                       RSVP required by Nov 4.


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


Former Missouri State Senator, professor, author, and current executive vice president of Concordance Academy, a new non-profit focused on helping formerly incarcerated people successfully transition into the community, Jeff Smith, will be speaking on recidivism and prison reform, a topic with which he gained first-hand knowledge following a criminal conviction sentencing him to Federal Prison for a year and a day.  

In 2004, he was a rising political star and narrowly missed a bid for the US House of Representatives.   In 2006, he was elected to the Missouri State Senate.  By 2009, a criminal conviction sentenced him to Federal Prison for a year and a day.  His most recently published book, Mr. Smith Goes to Prison, details his time in politics and federal prison. (Excerpt published in April 2016 Reader’s Digest.)

Contact CJC for more information.  Reservations required for this dinner event.  Please reserve by Friday, November 4 by clicking RSVP box below, mailing in an RSVP (available below) or contacting Cheryl Wyma at 616 454-4925 or cherylcjc@sbcglobal.net.