In its first full year, despite having to transition between in-person and virtual programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rockaway Community Justice Center continuously offered various free services to the Far Rockaway Community and Community Court participants in particular. Services include but are not limited to assistance with resumés, job readiness training, educational services, emergency assistance, and OSHA training.  

Participants in Community Court completed their mandatory community service hours in the RCJC. One of the participants, Roger, was brought to the Community Court due to being charged with petty larceny. Roger is currently employed as a driver for Veteran Services and plans to obtain his GED. He has a strong passion for photography and videography, which he plans on pursuing through a connection made at Queens Defenders. 

Connecting participants with meaningful projects is one of the main tenets of the RCJC model. This is made possible by the RCJC Advisory Board Members. Board Member, Maggie Larkins, is a community leader and certified chaplain of the New York State Chaplain Task Force. She is also the president of Redfern housing and sits on several boards. Larkins’ goal for the RCJC is to “help those who want and need help, continue to provide services, resources, workshops, and any support that would meet the needs of the community.” 

The Rockaway Community Justice Center will continue to adapt to the needs of the community. Beginning in February, staff members will be available to assist with filing taxes. Additionally, expanded housing services are available for community members who qualify. More information on our Housing Navigator Grant can be found here.