NeighborCorps organizers Amos Caley and Anna Laycock announce that volunteers interested in becoming Navigators for NeighborCorps Re-Entry Services can attend a day of training Saturday May 3rd at the Reformed Church of Highland Park. The event will familiarize participants with the whole process of re-entry, and equip people to serve in the Navigator role.

Experts from the perspective of context- based family therapy models will speak about the challenges and opportunities presented to families welcoming a loved one back from a correctional facility. Deidre Ashton, who directs the Center for Family, Community and Social Justice, will offer information to help Navigators become competent at assisting the re-entering individuals and their families.

Ed Mann, Clinical Director of the Adult Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at Middlesex County’s correctional facility, will address substance abuse issues in relation to re-entry. Jason Clay from the PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness program) will speak on intervention services available to prevent homelessness among people who have been released from jail.

An overview of all social service resources in Middlesex County that can be brought to bear on re-entry will be presented. Volunteers will walk away with a strong sense of how to help their NeighborCorps Participant who will be leaving jail, and feel at home in the large support network that is ready for Navigators to carry on their assistance.

There is no fee, the event is from 9 am to 2 pm, and lunch will be served. RSVP to or call Amos Caley at 260-224-0376