Resources for Ex-Offenders and their Families

Employment Resources:

For help with job searching, join the Professional Services Group every week at the libraries.  They can help with your job search, resume and cover letter. 

The library has many up-to-date books about how to prepare a resume and cover letter, and books about interviewing.  Our career bookshelf also has books that help you decide which career to pursue.

If you are an ex-offender in need of employment services, your Middlesex County One-Stop Career Center can help.  Each of NJ's local One-Stops has trained staff available to assist you. They focus on a particular list of employers who have hired ex-offenders before, or have indicated that they are interested in doing so. 
For more information go to:

http://careerconnections.nj.gov/careerconnections/plan/foryou/exoffenders/ex_offender_services.shtml

Training:

Computer classes – we cover everything from “Getting to Know Your Computer” and “Mouse Skills” to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Citizenship classes:

The library offers free citizenship classes to help you prepare for naturalization.

English Skills:

The library has a large collection of books, DVDs and CDs that help you improve your English.  These materials are helpful for people who are learning English as a Second Language and those who simply need to improve their reading and writing skills (adult basic readers).

ESL Conversation Groups meet weekly at both Kennedy and Westergard branches.  Call 732-463-1633 ext. 6 to register at Kennedy Library, or 732-752-1166 ext. 6 to register at Westergard Library.

Web Resources:

Families and Corrections Network
Family and Corrections Network (FCN) has provided ways for those concerned with families of the incarcerated to share information and experiences in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
http://fcnetwork.org/

National Resources Reentry Center
The mission of the National Reentry Resource Center is to advance the reentry field through knowledge transfer and dissemination and to promote evidence-based best practices
http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org

National Hire Network
Job search assistance and resources for those with a criminal record.
http://www.hirenetwork.org