Residents of Kintock’s Erie Avenue facility were among volunteers who helped in a three-day beautification project that recently took place at the Lewis Elkin Elementary School, in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. The Kintock cleanup crew, comprised of five residents from the Erie Avenue residential treatment and work release program joined a group of many other community volunteers to beautify the school premises in time for the back to school season. Residents swept and mopped floors and picked up debris in and around the school premises. They also helped paint the interior and exterior of the school building.
Residents of Kintock’s Bridgeton residential treatment and work release program are putting into practice important steps to successful reintegration through their consistent commitment and volunteer efforts at the Bridgeton Cohanzick Zoo.
Each week, approximately, five Bridgeton residents volunteer 30 to 35 hours to assist in maintaining the grounds and provide support to the zookeepers at the Bridgeton Zoo. Among the activities they assist with are raking leaves, mowing the lawn, cleaning animal enclosures, painting building, trimming tree branches, and weeding. Residential Supervisor, Joseph Cortez, along with the zookeepers oversees the activities.
“Participating in this and other community service projects gives residents the opportunity to play a positive role and contribute to the community, something they may not have ever done before. This is beneficial not only in supporting treatment goals, but ultimately will help them as they transition back into the community,” explained Marcos DeJesus, Site Administrator at Kintock Bridgeton.
“The Kintock crew is an excellent source of manpower to which we do not normally have access. They are able to accomplish daily maintenance tasks, keeping the zoo clean and aesthetically pleasing for guests. Their presence frees up the small staff of zookeepers to spend more quality time on animal-related duties. We are very appreciative of their hard work,” noted Alison Bohn, Keeper/Education Coordinator at the Cohanzick Zoo.
The ongoing arrangement with the Cohanzick Zoo came about after two staff members, Michael Kenney, Director of Operations and Frank Buczynski, Senior Operations Manager reached out to the zoo’s curator to suggest collaborating with Kintock to allow residents to volunteer at the zoo. Under the arrangement, a group of five residents work on the zoo detail for 30-day increments. Kintock provides transportation to and from the zoo, along with a Residential Supervisor to oversee their work.
“I am very pleased at the wonderful work that our residents are doing in supporting the community and look forward to continuing to partner with the zoo in this mutually beneficial arrangement,” said Mr. DeJesus.
The Kintock Group is pleased to announce the award of a new contract to continue to operate Community Resource Center (CRC) Programs on behalf of the New Jersey State Parole Board (NJSPB). Under the new contract, Kintock will provide CRC Program services for 50 supervised offenders at the company’s Paterson site and 75 supervised offenders at its Newark complex.
Other services that will be offered through Kintock’s CRC Programs include licensed substance abuse treatment, sex offender assessment and counseling services, employment services, and referrals and supportive services to offenders under the jurisdiction of the State Parole Board and the Juvenile Justice Commission. Kintock will also provide family and domestic violence counseling, as well as aftercare services to CRC clients.
The Paterson CRC recently selected two clients as winners of an essay contest that was held at the facility in an effort to enhance client participation.
The Client Essay Contest was part of a larger Incentive Program implemented at the Paterson CRC that offers rewards for client participation. Clients were asked to write a personal essay stating what advice they would give themselves if they could go back before they committed their first offense.