New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney, Deputy Speaker John J. Burzichelli and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro announced Thursday morning, November 30th, that Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, Inc., will receive a $4 million award from the Re-Entry Services program.
The funding is part of the FY18 Democratic Budget priorities that will provide funds to operate Re-Entry Programs in Camden, Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland counties and the cities of Trenton and Atlantic City, according to a statement released by a spokesperson for the Third Legislative District.
“The budget was about fighting for the residents of our state and the programs and services they need to be successful,” said Sweeney (D-Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem). “I am very pleased that this organization received this much-needed funding and it will go a long way to helping the residents who utilize this organization. Rehabilitation is about providing second chances to individuals and helping them to become productive members of society. Just because a person has fallen on tough times does not mean we should turn our backs on them.”
The programs offer “comprehensive support services to ex-offenders in the areas of housing, treatment and employment.” The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs will provide the funding. The $4 million received this year is an increase from the $2.5 million amount awarded last year.