Quality, Integrity, & Accountability in Community Corrections

Kintock Connection

Kintock is excited to announce that it has completed the second and final phase of expansion of its training space at its corporate headquarters in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. The expansion includes a kitchen and mock training area with beds, lockers and metal detector to simulate the setting in Kintock’s facilities.

“We are very pleased with the completion of our corporate office expansion which has allowed us to hold more training programs, staff development and program meetings onsite,” explained Gretchen Wiseman, Chief Administrative Officer. “We believe that having the ability to provide newly employed staff with training in an environment that simulates the setting of a facility is beneficial and better prepares individuals for employment,” added Ms. Wiseman.

The new training space allows provide Kintock to better accommodate trainees and serves as the central location to conduct all company-wide training for Kintock’s employees. The 1,667 square feet-square foot addition comfortably accommodates approximately 20 participants. Since the company added the initial training space in spring of 2017, it has been able to provide training to approximately 114 Kintock employees. Kintock is also able to host Board meetings and other staff development initiatives in this new space.

“With Kintock’s program locations spread across the Northern and Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia areas, having the ability to host staff trainings at its centrally located corporate headquarters has allowed us to consolidate our training program and has been beneficial,” said Ms. Wisememan.

Employees of Kintock’s Erie Avenue facility in Philadelphia have been busy volunteering their time to support local charities.

On December 13, 2017, a group of employees volunteered to assist Heaven Will Wait - Never Give Up, a Philadelphia non-profit organization that helps individuals struggling with addiction and homelessness, with their Christmas Outreach initiative. The event was held in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

Kintock employees assembled “Blessing Bags” for the homeless, which consisted of hats, gloves, scarfs, blankets, socks and healthy snacks that were donated by local organizations. In addition, children created homemade cards with special holiday wishes for the season. After, a special event was held, the organization provided individuals with a hot meal.

“We hope to continue supporting this organization in our future endeavors to give back and help those in need in our community,” said Danita Jones, Human Resources Director, who initiated and helped organize the volunteer effort.

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(Kintock staff pictured from left to right are: Janae Greene, Housekeeping Supervisor; Danita Jones, HR Director; Syreeta Frakes, Manager of Resident Supervisors; and Kasheena Smith, HR Generalist.)

Christmas with the Kids

On December 22, 2017, several employees of Kintock’s Erie Avenue facility joined the 25th Police District for their annual “Christmas with the Kids” event, which was hosted at Sheppard Elementary School in Philadelphia. This marks the third year in a row that Kintock staff have participated in this event.

In addition to assisting with the event set-up, which included setting up tables and creating gift bags, Kintock staff donated more than 20 toys for the local children of the community. During the event, staff helped hand out the bags and gifts to children.

“The students were amazed and thrilled to see the police officers and were thankful for the gifts,” said Ms. Jones. “They were especially excited when Santa Claus made an appearance,” she added.

“We would like to thank all of the staff who donated to this wonderful event,” said Corey Davis, Philadelphia Site Administrator.

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(Kintock staff from left to right: Janae Greene, Resident Supervisor; Angel Cruz, State Representative; Kasheena Smith, HR Generalist; and Jose Giral.)

On November 9, 2017 Kintock’s Paterson Community Resource Center (CRC) received recognition from the New Jersey State Senate and Paterson Mayor’s Office for outstanding community service completed by our clients. The Paterson Task Force for Community Action honored Pierre Francis, Program Director of the Paterson CRC, at their 53rd Annual Gala held at the Brownstown, in Paterson and presented Mr. Francis with a Senate Citation and Certificate on behalf of the Sate of New Jersey and Mayor’s Office.

Since May of 2017, 18 CRC clients have conducted more than 250 hours of community service at three social service agencies, including St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation’s Food Pantry, Eva’s Village and the Paterson Task Force (PTF). Among the tasks completed were community clean up projects, picking up donations of food and household items to be distributed to low-income families, making pre-packaged bags of breakfast and lunch items for the children of the PTF’s summer breakfast and lunch program and stocking food pantries.

“Your support of the Paterson Task Force and the assistance that you and your clients have provided has been invaluable, from packing weekend food back packs, to assisting with anything that we ask. We are thankful to you for including the Paterson Task Force on your Community Advisory Committee, and look forward to assisting with making an impact for the good of the City of Paterson,” said Lana Stokes, Executive Director of PTF, in a letter to Mr. Francis.

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(Paterson CRC Program Director Pierre Francis receives citation from the State Senate and a certificate from the City of Paterson’s Mayor’s office. Pictured from left to right is Janet McDaniel, President of PTF (far left); John Susani, Lana Stokes, Executive Director of PTF; and Pierre Francis.)

As the Program Director of the Paterson CRC, Pierre says he is always looking for new opportunities to partner with local organizations to provide opportunities for clients to give back to their community, explaining that this helps increase chances for a successful return to the community. After meeting Ms. Stokes at a community event in the spring of 2017, he invited the Director of the PTF to host CRC clients in community service opportunities that would directly benefit members of the Paterson community.

“I am so pleased that we are able to provide these valuable opportunities for our clients,” said Pierre. “The CRC clients often express their sense of fulfillment at being able to ‘give back’ to the community that they had previously committed criminal activities within. From a therapeutic standpoint, the expression(s) of selfless acts are an indication that the pattern of criminal thinking processes are being challenged (a cognitive behavioral therapy strategy) and even defeated,” he explained.

In addition, “clients had the opportunity to practice the work-related concepts that they learned during their participation in the CRC’s Work Readiness trainings. They also were able to practice pro-social skills they learned at the CRC, while working collaboratively with other community volunteers and PTF staff members,” explained Pierre.

“PTF Director Roberta Farber often worked side by side with the CRC volunteers, providing supervision, guidance and encouragement to the CRC volunteers,” he added. “She also referred some of the CRC volunteers to employment prospects.”

Kintock’s Newark CRC recently underwent its annual inspection by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). The purpose of the annual inspection is to monitor compliance with DMHAS requirements. The Newark CRC has been licensed by DMHAS since 2007.

“We had zero findings and the auditor was very complimentary of the program and stated the charts were perfect,” said Robinette Arthur, CRC Director “The auditor also loved how Kintock staff are utilizing SecurManage™, which made it very easy for her to review all of the necessary documentation. She said that she will be sharing the system with other agencies so they can hopefully move to an electronic-based file system,” she added.

“Congratulations to Robinette Arthur, CRC Director, and all of the staff who contributed to the successful audit. It was a job well done,” said Paul Taggines, Corporate Director of Facility Operations.

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