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CCJ/Mark Kubik Memorial Criminal Justice Scholarship Awarded

On April 20, 2018 Iowa State University awarded the first annual CCJ/Mark Kubik Memorial Criminal Justice Scholarship.  This year’s award went to Rodney Harris a junior at ISU majoring in criminal justice.  Rodney maintains a 3.5 GPA and is currently interning at the Ft. Des Moines Residential Correctional Facility in Des Moines.  After graduation he hopes to begin a career in community corrections working with juveniles.

The scholarship is awarded in memory of Mark Kubik who worked at CCJ from 2003 to 2016.  Much of that time Mark served as executive director.  Mark was a strong leader and positively influenced CCJ.  I was asked to speak at the presentation ceremony at ISU.  I was able to share information about CCJ and the impact Mark made.  CCJ is pleased to be able to help Rodney continue his education.

French Toast Event a Success

Thanks to all of you who attended or helped out with CCJ’s annual French Toast Event this year. It was great to see many old friends and a lot of new faces. Veterans of the event all seemed to believe that this was one of the busiest years we have had since the event was initiated. Your attendance and assistance helps CCJ carry on its mission of making positive change in the community one life at a time. Thanks again for coming. We hope to see you and many new friends next year.

Special thanks to Hyvee Grocers for supplying the delicious link sausage and butter patties. Also a big thank you to Fareway Stores for their donation of paper products and plastic ware. We appreciate your generosity and willingness to assist community agencies. Thanks.

2018 Annual French Toast Feed

Don’t forget to put Tuesday, April 10 on your calendars. That’s the date of the annual CCJ French Toast Feed. It’s all you can eat for $5.00. Children under five eat free. Bring your family and friends. Enjoy some French toast and delicious Hy-Vee sausage while helping CCJ continue its mission to provide positive change in the community.

The event is held in the basement of the First Baptist Church, 200 Lynn Avenue in Ames. Meals will be served from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there. Thanks to Hy-Vee, Fareway and Walmart for their generous support of this event.

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Mark Kubik (1966-2017)

Unfortunately, there is sad news to report. CCJ suffered an unexpected and tragic loss when we learned that Mark Kubik had passed away on May 17, 2017. Mark worked at CCJ from 2003 to 2015. Most of those twelve years Mark served as our executive director.

Mark led CCJ through some turbulent financial years. His foresight and leadership helped CCJ continue to grow and provide quality services to the community despite these challenges. By the time of his departure CCJ had grown substantially and was on solid financial ground.

Under Mark’s leadership CCJ began implementing evidence based practices. He helped bring actuarial   risk assessment to the agency. He also promoted specialized caseloads embracing the correctional concept of responsivity. Interagency communication and networking increased during Mark’s tenure. Perhaps most importantly Mark was a firm believer that people could and would change.

While leadership, guidance, and effective management were the most important skills Mark brought to CCJ those of us that worked with him daily also remember his laugh, talent for pastry wall art, love for eating Chuckles and Ice Cream, misguided interest in Wombats, corny jokes and his passion for the Chicago Cubs.

Mark was a great leader, coworker and boss. Mostly though he was a great friend. All of us at CCJ miss him tremendously.

2017 CCJ Volunteer of the Year

“Thank you to Pastor Dave Russell for providing unwavering support to CCJ for the past 16 years.”  If that sounds familiar it is. CCJ again wishes to recognize Pastor Dave Russell as CCJ volunteer of the year. During his 18 years on the CCJ Board of Directors Pastor Russell has worked on the Public Relations Committee and also served as Board President and Past President.  This past year Pastor Russell stepped up to take over as Board Treasurer and he has agreed to remain in that position for the following term.

As chairman of the finance committee Pastor Russell assisted with the development of this year’s budget. He has also researched and helped develop a proposal to allow CCJ to offer health insurance benefits to employees. Pastor Russell also assists with our annual French toast fundraiser every year.

Thank you Pastor Russell and congratulations on being named CCJ volunteer of the year, again!

Recidivism Remains Low at CCJ

CCJ is pleased to announce the results of this year’s recidivism study. Of the clients released from supervision between July of 2015 through June of 2016 94% did not re-offend within the following 12 months. CCJ’s recidivism rate was 6% for this time period. This speaks volumes about the quality of the staff and programming we provide as well as the hard work and dedication to change of our clients.

Staff Changes at CCJ

Joseph Schnier has been hired as the new Office Manager at CCJ. Joseph graduated from ISU in May. He completed an internship at CCJ while a student at ISU. Joseph also serves in the Iowa National Guard.  Please join us in welcoming Joseph to the CCJ family.

Annual French Toast Feed

Don’t forget to put Tuesday, April 11 on your calendars. That’s the date of the annual CCJ French Toast feed. It’s all you can eat for $5.00. Children under five eat free. Bring your family and friends. Enjoy some French toast and delicious Hy Vee sausage while helping CCJ continue its mission to provide positive change in the community.

The event is held in the basement of the First Baptist Church, 200 Lynn Avenue in Ames. Meals will be served from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there.

Staff Changes at CCJ

After nine years of exemplary service at CCJ Doug Jones decided to retire and live the good life. Doug was an integral component of the success enjoyed by CCJ. He was an excellent case manager and clients frequently mentioned how his assistance helped them successfully complete their period of supervision. In 2014 Doug received the Spirit Award presented by the United Way of Story County.  All of us at CCJ will miss Doug’s hard work, diligence and sense of humor. Enjoy your retirement. You earned it.

To replace Doug CCJ is pleased to announce the promotion of Office Manager Taylor Schram to a full time Probation Officer position. A 2015 graduate of ISU Taylor began her career as a Service Coordinator at Optimae. She began at CCJ as Office Manager in September of 2015. In addition to a general probation case load Taylor will also work with clients who experience mental health issues. Taylor also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity where she chairs the Family Selection Committee. Please join us in congratulating Taylor on her promotion.

CCJ now has two new Office Managers. Joeseph Schnier and Alexxa Blair have been hired as part time Office Managers at CCJ. Joseph is currently a senior at ISU scheduled to graduate in May. Alexxa is a junior at ISU who plans to attend graduate school. Please join us in welcoming Joseph and Alexxa to the CCJ family.

CCJ Names New Executive Director

Hello. I would like to introduce myself as the new Executive Director at CCJ. My name is Craig Evans and I have worked at CCJ since May of 2010. I started as a part time probation officer after retiring from the Second Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. I worked at DCS for over thirty-three years before retiring. While with DCS I held several positions including probation/parole officer, Ames Area Office Supervisor and District Treatment Supervisor.

I am a strong believer in evidence based practices and hope my experience in community based corrections will prove helpful as I move forward as the Executive Director at CCJ. I am excited for the opportunity to continue serving the community and our clients here at CCJ.