AmeriCorps VISTA Team

The Center is home to the Health & Justice in RI AmeriCorps VISTA team. Our VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) team members are a vital capacity-building resource to local community-based organizations and state agencies that serve individuals involved in the criminal legal system and/or impacted by the opioid crisis.

During their year of service, VISTA members on our team work to:

  • support the development of community-based prison reentry strategies
  • expand access to healthcare and reentry services for currently and formerly incarcerated Rhode Islanders and people with opioid use disorder
  • expand access to overdose prevention training and naloxone distribution in Rhode Island
  • help to facilitate layperson rescues of victims of opioid overdose
  • build capacity for juvenile hearing boards across RI

We support AmeriCorps VISTA members based with us at CHJT, as well as at several partner agencies:

  • Preventing Overdose and Naloxone Intervention (PONI)
  • Rhode Island Hospital Center for Primary Care (CPC)
  • Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC)
  • House of Hope CDC
  • Open Doors
  • Rhode Island for Community and Justice (RICJ)
  • Rhode Island Public Defender (RIPD)

Questions? Please reach out to: Zach Gross, CHJT VISTA Project Coordinator, at [email protected].

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