By Adelene Gallego Ramos
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County’s Restorative Justice Center helps adults with a criminal background change their lives for the better. The Center takes a more holistic approach to healing, recognizing that program participants often turn to crime, drugs, or alcohol as a result of past challenges or trauma. Through access to various social supports, the program stabilizes lives for recovery and successful reintegration into the community.
The Restorative Justice Center provides intensive wraparound services and advocacy, including transportation to medical appointments or courts, as well as access to social workers or therapy. The goal is to reduce recidivism and ensure that clients do not return to the hospital or become homeless. Funders include the Santa Clara County Mental Health, Santa Clara Probation Department, and private donations.
Catholic Charities’ Restorative Justice programs include Bridges of Hope (BOH), Bringing Everyone’s Strengths Together (BEST), PRO-GRIP, Support and Enhancement Services (SES), Inmate Services, Right Directions Program (RDP), Gender Responsive Opportunities for Women (GROW), and Probation Employment – JOBTREK.
Bridges of Hope
BOH is a faith based re-entry program. The program provides case management services and faith-based services to men and women coming out of Main Jail and Elmwood Jail. They also help with basic needs and connects participants to additional community services.
Bringing Everyone’s Strengths Together (BEST)
BEST provides case management and social opportunities for young men and women ages 12-24 who live in six local hot spots that have been identified as being highly impacted by gangs and police involvement. The program is based out of Washington United Youth Center.
The PRO-GRIP program provides therapy, intensive case management services, and social opportunities to youth ages 14-21 who are on Juvenile Gang probation. The program is offered throughout Santa Clara County.
Support and Enhancement Services
SES provides therapy, case management services, and social opportunities to youth ages 12-18 who are on Juvenile Probation. The program is also offered throughout Santa Clara County.
Light case management services, referrals to legal services, linkage to reading materials, linkage to eye glasses, linkages to faith-based services, and linkage to family members out in the community are provided to men and women who are at Main Jail or Elmwood Jail.
Right Directions Program
RDP clients come from prison, jail, and AB109. Full scope employment services are provided, including job readiness/preparation, job development, placement, and retention. Tattoo removal is also provided for life threatening, visible tattoos.
Gender Responsive Opportunities for Women
GROW clients come from prison, jail, and AB109. The program provides full scope employment services, including job readiness/preparation, job development, placement, and retention.
Probation Employment JOBTREK
Clients come from the probation department. Full scope employment services are provided, including job readiness/preparation, job development, placement, and retention.
To learn more about these programs please call (408) 468-0100 or visit