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Building better futures for youth, their families, and community.

SEE OUR RESULTS

Building better futures for youth, their families, and community.

SEE OUR RESULTS

Whatever It Takes!

JusticeWorks embodies the heart and head of human service. At our heart is a passionate, tireless commitment to improve the lives of those with whom we’re entrusted to work. We are proactive, innovative and persistent at finding the ingredients to make a positive difference for our children and families.

Heart is of little value without a head to direct and evaluate effort. Since our inception we have been an outcomes-driven organization. Evaluation studies have consistently shown the efficacy of our work and demonstrated substantial cost savings for the public sector.

As a human service organization, we stress the importance of being human to the people we work with and to our own staff. We are immensely proud of our staff and have a culture which respects and rewards  their hard work and accomplishments.

Our effective philosophy and practice have earned us a superb reputation and led to continuous growth since our founding in 1999.

 

Mission & Values

JusticeWorks’ mission is to build better futures for youth, their families and the community.

We provide innovative programs that identify and build on youths’ and families’ strengths. We create structure to positively redirect their lives. We help youth become good citizens and assist their families to resolve their problems and to be supportive of their children. Our efforts help remedy damage to the community and restore community safety.

Our values being with KidsFirst! In everything we do the needs and concerns of youth and families are our fundamental concern. All of our work is directed to help the youth and families in our care.

JusticeWorks has taken our responsibility seriously to be an accountable, high quality providerWe’ve consistently made an effort to evaluate the outcomes of our work to guide the evolution of our programs. While we are proud of the outstanding results we’ve achieved over the years, we never stop trying to improve.

Where We Serve

Total Counties

News

Compass Academy- Lycoming gearing up for a new season!

And we’re off! Tryouts were held in October to create our 2018-2019 Compass Academy Lycoming basketball team! Each week we have been preparing for our 7-game schedule through practices onsite at our new school building and at the Williamsport YMCA. But we aren’t just practicing for basketball – we are preparing for life! Included in these practices are leadership development exercises and honest conversations about the challenges our youth face daily. Each week, our team grows stronger.  The individual strengths of our participants support the foundation of cohesive teamwork! We would love for our JusticeWorks squad to come out and cheer us on at one of our games, starting on 11/29 in Hazelton at Immanuel Christian! Wish us luck!

Success Story

ERICKA BRUNNER, ADAMS COUNTY FRS, RECEIVES WELL-DESERVED PRAISE FROM A VERY BRAVE AND DETERMINED MOTHER

Good Morning,

          I’m sure I am somewhere in your files, but my name is Christine. I have two daughters, one age 12, and the other, age 9. In February 2017, my husband of 10 years poured gasoline on me and tried to light me on fire in front of my children. He was arrested and went to jail accordingly. Unfortunately, even though we were married, I lost everything, having no access to bank accounts, vehicles, or even my own driver’s license. Of course, he was allowed no contact with the girls and me, but his parents tried to sue me for full custody of the girls, citing the trauma I had gone through, as well as the fact that I was homeless, jobless, etc. They even went so far as to take my vehicle, because it was in my husband’s name, knowing a divorce settlement would take years due to his incarceration and unwillingness to sign. Inside the vehicle was the entire year of my children’s homeschool work, which they admitted to destroying. We, in simple terms, we’re screwed.

          Then came Justice Works, represented by Ericka Brunner. She began by simply giving me a ride to the DMV to get a new copy of my license. We then moved on to health insurance, food assistance, and educational materials to allow the girls to bypass their homeschool review and test out for the year.  By the end of her time with my family, I managed to retain full custody, (they were forced to drop the suit entirely) find therapy services for my children, who now have PTSD, and encourage me to shoot for the stars and apply for my dream job.

          I now work from home, full time, as a legal marketing strategist. The girls can remain homeschooled, and I make enough to support us. This year I was even able to swing a lovely Christmas.

          The girls and I are eternally grateful for the help we received. Being an adult, I realize how close I came to losing my precious children, through no fault of my own. I wanted to take the opportunity to let you know Justice Works… WORKS.

          A year later I am able to support my family with no form of public assistance, I have a great job, and I learned it is ok to do things MY way and be successful. Without Ericka to encourage me, I would have given up. I was at the end of my patience, and frankly, my will to try.

          Please keep doing what you do. You truly are SAVING LIVES and families. I wanted to go beyond the paperwork and give you my personal thanks and support you as much as you supported us. If you EVER need any form of testimony, please contact me. I will never forget you, or Ericka, and my girls and I are living proof that you guys are truly needed and truly successful.

 Christine, you are not only in our files but also in our hearts.  Thank you, for providing wonderful feedback on FRS, Ericka Brunner.  Thank you, Ericka, for supporting and partnering with Christine in the spirit of the JusticeWorks’ Mission.  It is through the power of positive relationships that true healing begins!

News

Compass Academy- Lycoming gearing up for a new season!

And we’re off! Tryouts were held in October to create our 2018-2019 Compass Academy Lycoming basketball team! Each week we have been preparing for our 7-game schedule through practices onsite at our new school building and at the Williamsport YMCA. But we aren’t just practicing for basketball – we are preparing for life! Included in these practices are leadership development exercises and honest conversations about the challenges our youth face daily. Each week, our team grows stronger.  The individual strengths of our participants support the foundation of cohesive teamwork! We would love for our JusticeWorks squad to come out and cheer us on at one of our games, starting on 11/29 in Hazelton at Immanuel Christian! Wish us luck!

Success Story

ERICKA BRUNNER, ADAMS COUNTY FRS, RECEIVES WELL-DESERVED PRAISE FROM A VERY BRAVE AND DETERMINED MOTHER

Good Morning,

          I’m sure I am somewhere in your files, but my name is Christine. I have two daughters, one age 12, and the other, age 9. In February 2017, my husband of 10 years poured gasoline on me and tried to light me on fire in front of my children. He was arrested and went to jail accordingly. Unfortunately, even though we were married, I lost everything, having no access to bank accounts, vehicles, or even my own driver’s license. Of course, he was allowed no contact with the girls and me, but his parents tried to sue me for full custody of the girls, citing the trauma I had gone through, as well as the fact that I was homeless, jobless, etc. They even went so far as to take my vehicle, because it was in my husband’s name, knowing a divorce settlement would take years due to his incarceration and unwillingness to sign. Inside the vehicle was the entire year of my children’s homeschool work, which they admitted to destroying. We, in simple terms, we’re screwed.

          Then came Justice Works, represented by Ericka Brunner. She began by simply giving me a ride to the DMV to get a new copy of my license. We then moved on to health insurance, food assistance, and educational materials to allow the girls to bypass their homeschool review and test out for the year.  By the end of her time with my family, I managed to retain full custody, (they were forced to drop the suit entirely) find therapy services for my children, who now have PTSD, and encourage me to shoot for the stars and apply for my dream job.

          I now work from home, full time, as a legal marketing strategist. The girls can remain homeschooled, and I make enough to support us. This year I was even able to swing a lovely Christmas.

          The girls and I are eternally grateful for the help we received. Being an adult, I realize how close I came to losing my precious children, through no fault of my own. I wanted to take the opportunity to let you know Justice Works… WORKS.

          A year later I am able to support my family with no form of public assistance, I have a great job, and I learned it is ok to do things MY way and be successful. Without Ericka to encourage me, I would have given up. I was at the end of my patience, and frankly, my will to try.

          Please keep doing what you do. You truly are SAVING LIVES and families. I wanted to go beyond the paperwork and give you my personal thanks and support you as much as you supported us. If you EVER need any form of testimony, please contact me. I will never forget you, or Ericka, and my girls and I are living proof that you guys are truly needed and truly successful.

 Christine, you are not only in our files but also in our hearts.  Thank you, for providing wonderful feedback on FRS, Ericka Brunner.  Thank you, Ericka, for supporting and partnering with Christine in the spirit of the JusticeWorks’ Mission.  It is through the power of positive relationships that true healing begins!

Staff Appreciation

JusticeWorks Visit Coach Recognized for Outstanding Work

Email from Megan Coppock, caseworker in Chester County in praise of Rebecca Piorko-Shelly, Visit Coach with JWYC-Chester: “I would like to take a moment to let you know just how amazing our Visit Coach, Rebecca Piorko-Shelly has been with our family since she joined...

About us

JusticeWorks has continuously sought to enhance our skills. To that end, we have incorporated into our service array evidence-based and research-informed programming to achieve the best outcomes for the youth and families in our care. These services can be offered as ‘stand-alone’ services or as enhancements to our own signature services.

Contact

JusticeWorks YouthCare
1500 Ardmore Boulevard
Suite 410
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Phone: (877) 525-JWYC (5992)

JusticeWorks BehavioralCare
4 Carriage Lane
Suite 405
Charleston, SC 29407
Phone: (843) 974-5934

JusticeWorks FL
1591 Robert J Conlan Boulevard
Suite 128
Palm Bay, FL 32905
Phone: (484) 281-3703