The Center for FaithJustice consistently provides programs that challenge students to rethink what they know about social justice, their faith and how those two things are inseparable. Their programs, especially Justiceworx, have shaped so many students into active, faith-filled stewards of peace, love, and solidarity. Their staff is extremely professional and prepared. They are the quintessential Catholic Social teaching organization in the Mid-Atlantic region and I will always make sure that my students have an opportunity to experience their good work.
The Center for Faith Justice is an outstanding organization which provides opportunities to experience authentic encounters in serving others. This is my third summer working as an adult volunteer. I drove middle school aged students to, and helped them at various work sites. (I have participated for one week each summer.)
Each week we spend our mornings fully engaged in working at one of 4 or 5 different locations serving others. For example, one morning we may go to a nursing home talking, playing games or doing crafts with aged people. Another we serve at a day camp for underprivileged students (K-8), or a pre-K program. Another we might serve at a home for disabled adults, a food bank, or weed a co-op garden which donates to local food banks. As a volunteer, I get to experience the same. Seeing young middle school students getting the feeling of what it is like to help others who are in need is quite satisfying.
In the afternoons, the students learn about the value of their morning experiences through intellectual and kinesthetic learning activities based on well designed lesson plans. As a Christian, I am able to participate in the most important of human endeavors. That is, in helping others.
Thanks so much, John! We appreciate all the volunteer time you give, and are blessed to have you as part of our team.
The Center for FaithJustice continues to inspire young and old to service and social justice. This small organization has profoundly impacted and changed my life. They are more than just a nonprofit organization, but rather, are a community of committed individuals dedicated to making the world a better place. I can't be more proud to be a part of this amazing community.
Thanks, Widian, appreciate it so much! We are so proud to have you as part of the community, too!
The Center for FaithJustice is a caring, passionate, and enjoyable organization and staff. As part of their LeaderWorX staff, I grew closer to God, my fellow staff members, the community, understanding of solidarity and encounter, and was able to meet some incredible teen and middle schoolers. I would highly suggest that if you have an opportunity to go on a retreat, volunteer, or be on the LeaderWorX staff...take it! It was definitely one of the best summers of my life, and there are many times I wished I lived closer to be apart of such a vibrant and amazing community!
CFJ undertakes a bold task in its mission to educate students about both faith and justice and far exceeded all expectations I had for a summer mission trip.
thanks, Stephanie! we were so glad to have you with us, and look forward to next summer!
The Center for FaithJustice is determined to plant the message of the Gospel by word and action into the hearts, minds, and souls of young people.
thank you for this review! we so appreciate it.
I participated as a volunteer for LeaderworX while in college and had an amazing experience! The CFJ creates amazing opportunities for people to fellowship and engage issues of social justice. They provided me with the tools to educate younger students while learning myself. Everyone should know and recognize this nonprofit organization!
thank you so much for this review!
The staff of the Center are highly motivated and dedicated to Catholic Social Justice Teaching. They provide both education and hands- on service opportunities to young people. The program is highly effective. Many of the young participants become advocates for justice and/or choose careers in services.
thank you so much!
I was a member of LeaderworX in the summer of 2013 and I came back for a week in the summer of 2014. The sense of community that is built is amazing, that is the only word for it. Every summer, the LeaderworX community is welcomed by CFJ staff members and volunteers and by the end of the summer, no one wants to go home back to real life. We all became very close and I believe that is because CFJ does a great job of providing a fun and safe space to live (the Casa) and also opportunities for us to serve together and build relationships. I want to do LeaderworX every summer.
On the other end, CFJ also does a great job with their programs run by LeaderworX, JusticeworX and ServiceworX. Every week with different kids always has the same result, close-knit groups, inside jokes, loving relationships, and most importantly, an experience based on social justice and service. We give the kids every opportunity to get fired up about social justice and the tools they need to continue service. I also love how many groups come back every year.
In short, CFJ is a unique organization that fills a need in the community for social justice and service opportunities. Secondly, the people they choose to lead these opportunities (LeaderworX) have a great time and build lasting memories and relationships.
thanks, Allie! What a beautiful review; we appreciate it!
I'm a Leaderworx 2014 alum, and the Center for FaithJustice is truly an amazing organization! I cannot put into words how grateful I am for this past summer. I have grown in my own faith, and watched middle school and high school students grow in their faith and love of service. An amazing organization!
The Center for FaithJustice describes its programming as "transformative". After volunteering as an adult chaperone this summer on a week-long service immersion trip to West Virginia I can say that I, the other adults, and the high school students were transformed by the experience. It is one thing to be of service to the poor and marginalized. It is another to be in dialogue with them, to eat with them, to share each other's life experiences. That creates a true sense of solidarity. Yes I was transformed for the better thanks to CFJ!
Thanks so much for your review, Tom! So glad to hear it.
We live in very trying times. So many people around the world are struggling to survive: the poor, the marginalized, the elderly, the disabled, the politically oppressed. These people cry out for justice. Who will hear them?
People of faith are called upon to love one another and serve one another. People of faith are called upon to promote justice in a world where we see injustice all around us.
This is a lesson that we all must learn. Our young people are our hope and our future. We must pass on this legacy to our young people before it is too late; the legacy is a simple but profound truth of all people of faith: there can be no faith without justice; the two are inextricably linked.
The Center for FaithJustice has made it its mission to bring young people to an understanding of this truth by offering young people opportunities to integrate a deeper understanding of their faith as Catholic Christians with experiences of community service and social justice. Whether in hospices, nursing homes, soup kitchens, community construction projects, mentoring other young people, or in countless other service settings, the Center for FaithJustice brings young people to a deeper understanding and desire to embrace the gospel message to love and serve one another. I have seen first-hand the profound impact that these programs have on young people and how the Center is able to change the lives of young people for their good and the good of all.
The Center for FaithJustice has had an impact on my own life and I am blessed to have been touched by their wonderful ministry and am grateful for the opportunity to, in my own modest way, give something back in return. There are so many ways to become involved in the work of the Center for FaithJustice. Learn more about them at: http://www.faithjustice.org. Tom Bartolomei, Hamilton NJ.
I did the Leaderworx program for the summer of 2012, and it was the best summer of my life!!
This organization educates middle school and high school students about global social justice issues through service-immersion trips. The trips have been life-changing for students (I was once one of them) because their service experiences are rooted in the importance of relationship, social change, and God. I loved working with the Center for Faithjustice! They were organized, spirited, and always looking for new opportunities to grow and evolve.
thanks, Caitlin, we appreciate your feedback so much!
I was first introduced to the Center for FaithJustice as a participant on an alternative spring break trip through my college. I absolutely fell in love with the Center's mission and its dedication to the intersection between faith and social justice. I heard about the LeaderworX program on that spring break trip and returned that summer to be a part of the 2013 LeaderworX Community where I helped to run the JusticeworX and ServiceworX weeks. My experience as a LeaderworX member challenged me in all of the best ways and showed me how much I love service and community. It was that experience that confirmed that I wanted to do a year of service following college and I am currently in my first month as a Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) member. I can honestly say that the Center for FaithJustice changed my life and it will always be an integral part of my faith and service journey. Another aspect of CFJ that really touched me were the middle and high schoolers I got to meet while leading the JusticeworX and ServiceworX trips. It is amazing to see young people so dedicated to faith and service and I learned a lot from their devotion to helping their communities. CFJ is an amazing organization and I am so blessed to be a part of it :)
thanks, Mae! We are blessed by you being part of our programs, too!
2004 was the first time I stepped through the doors of what then was called New Jersey Service Project. That week changed my life and allowed me to find my passion for serving others. I was a participant in JusticeworX for three years before I became a volunteer counselor for a few years, eventually being hired by The Center for FaithJustice to help run the programs. The Center for FaithJustice has shaped me in to who I am today and I am so honored to now watch my students experience the wonderful trips that I was able to go on at their age.
thanks so much for your review, Kelly!
The Center For FaithJustice believes strongly in the importance of social justice. It's dedicated staff and volunteers work in a dedicated and constant fashion which allows hundreds of people each year to learn about social justice as well partake in hands on serving experience in a variety of settings. CFJ works to educate and empower people about social justice issues so they may be active and helpful members in their community and this world.
thanks, Emily, we very much appreciate your review!
I participated in LeaderworX during the summer of 2010. I was very impressed by their mission and by the programs they offer young people.
Excellent organization with a powerful mission & equally powerful experiences of cultural immersion & faith in action!
thank you, we appreciate it!
I am the Social Action coordinator for a Catholic High School in Central Jersey. I had the privilege this year to participate with my students at a JusticeworX site in West Virigina run by The Center of Faith Justice. The enthusiasm, care and concern of the staff for the volunteers and those who are assisted creates memories for those involved to carry with them forever. Wonderful job every time!
thank you so much!
I am a retired educator and a CCD teacher at Nativity of Our Lord Church in Monroe Twp., NJ. As an 8th instructor, our students need reminders about serving those less fortunate and three years ago, while looking for some different "mission" programs to share with them, I came across The Center for FaithJustice. I was immediately smitten! So much so, that I approached my parish priest and asked him if he would approve and endorse the programs in our church and i would supervise them. He immediately complied as he was familiar with the organization through another parish. Two summers ago, we had our first SERVICEWORX program with 24 middles schoolers participating and we sent five high schoolers on two different JUSTICEWORX programs to Trenton and Appalachia. This past summer, we hosted a second SERVICEWORX mission week at our parish and we sent four high schoolers off for a week in Trenton. Our experience with The Center for FaithJustice has been wonderful. They are always available, always present, supportive and helpful. They are kind and fair and work with all aspects of the programs. They are always available for parent meetings, phone calls, emails, etc. Their programs are educational, yet provide the necessary channels for all students involved to walk away with important and valuable tools to strengthen their faith. Although this is the most expensive program around, it is by far the best. You get what you pay for!!! Please feel free to contact me.
thank you, Joan! We very much appreciate it.
As director of Campus Ministry for a Catholic school in central New Jersey, I had the opportunity and privilege to have students participate in JusticeworX. I can honestly say that this program changed the lives of hundreds of our students many so whom continue to be involved in Justice ministries today. The Center for Faith Justice has afforded me the opportunity to participate in invaluable spiritual experiences which in turn were beneficial to my ministry. The Center for Faith Justice continues to provide challenging Gospel based programs which encourages students of all ages to reflect on how we live our lives. Because of the challenging experiences our students were privileged to encounter at JusticeworX, our school became much more aware of the the teachings of the Churh. The Center is a rich resource for all of us trying to proclaim the church's social Gospel.
thanks so much!
The Center for Faith Justice serves a wide range of people! From the volunteers who serve with them, the people and organizations they bring volunteers to, and their summer LeaderWorX college interns they really strive to offer intentional opportunities to serve and be served! I was able to serve for one of their summer weeks a few years ago and was touched by the experience!
thanks so much!
A great organization that does great work! Their Appalachia experience programs provide a fantastic opportunity for our youth to experience the true feeling of making a difference.
thanks so much!
The Center for FaithJustice played a huge role in the development of my faith and my eventual career goals. I attended the ServiceworX Program at St. Charles Borromeo for 3 summers in middle school and participated in JusticeworX New Jersey, Philadelphia and West Virginia. Because of CFJ, I grew up having a worldview wider than my own front door. From each program, I learned something new about my call to service, solidarity, and love as a Catholic. I made lasting memories with friends I will keep for a lifetime and learned invaluable lessons that motivate my life's work of service. From the meals served at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen to the deck I helped build in Dunlow, West Virginia, each experience helped to make daily service and prayer a part of my life. Now as a college student, I returned to CFJ to work in their office over the summer. My connection to the organization is stronger than ever. CFJ inspired me to live as a disciple of Christ and my hope is that I can inspire others to work for peace and justice as well.
this is beautiful, Katie, thanks so much! really appreciate your review!
CFJ's programs form disciples who are committed to working for justice for the rest of their lives. I'm an alum of JusticeworX and LeaderworX, and both helped me realize my own calling to serve God by serving those living in poverty. I would never have pursued a career in Catholic justice ministry without CFJ. Committed staff, dynamic programs, years of experience. If you're a faith formation leader looking for service immersion for teens, or someone interested in helping to lead these experiences for youth, look no further than CFJ.
thank you so much! so good to hear!
Center for Faith Justice has provided my students with an amazing opportunity to bring what I teach in my Religion Classes to life. After our school had one student attend a Justice WorX trip in 2012 and he came back so moved by his experience I needed to go to see what it was all about. I have now volunteered two years with twenty students to make a difference in the lives of others and teamed with another Catholic High School in our area to bring our students a unique Service and Justice experience. I am now scheduling our year three trip and our students are planning to continue the work they started creating their own Justice WorX activity at school. CFJ and the Justice WorX program has transformed my students and myself to bring what we have gained back to our school community.
So happy to hear this, Josh, thank you! We are blessed to see the fruits in groups who continue the work after they come home... the real point!
CFJ is an amazing organization!! Because of my experience with LeaderworX, I discovered my passion for working with adults with developmental disabilities and have been working with them full time for two years now! I can't even begin to describe how much my life has changed in the past three years and it all started with CFJ and LeaderworX. I am so blessed to continue to be a part of the CFJ family.
Thanks so much for your review, Mary! We're blessed to have you, too.
My volunteer experience had a life changing effect on me. I was just some 17 year old kid deciding about what he wants to major in, but i have reliaze I want to do something bigger, so now i'm thinking about joining the Peace Corps just from the 4 days i spent at the CFJ!!
We are thrilled to hear that you had such a wonderful experience. Thank you for your great review! May you continue to be inspired by faith, to strive to serve and to work for justice.
Saying that the CFJ has changed my life does not even begin to explain it. The programs that are executed as well as the individuals volunteering or working there make the world a better place. I spent 3 summers working with the Center and while the days were long and the weather was humid, the sense of community and love is what gets you through. Additionally, this organization has allowed thousands of people, both students and adults, to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to service the community, learn about their faith, and connect the two as a community of people working to change the world one summer at a time.
I can honestly say that the experiences I've had through the Center for FaithJustice impacted my life tremendously. I began as a participant in their JusticeworX program and loved my experience so much that I became a counselor. As a participant, I volunteered at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Although the actual volunteer work was amazing, the relationships I formed with other teenagers, the counselors and God is what truly made the time memorable. The Center for FaithJustice is so unique because it provides young people with the opportunity to connect their faith with social justice and inspire people to change their corner of the world.
Saying the Center's Leaderworx experience changed my life 5 years ago would fall far short of describing the impact it had on me. As a young adult, there are plenty of reasons to lose the fire of idealistic passion that drives people to do great things. Serving together with middle and high school students in a variety of different service organizations, guiding them as you watch their eyes get big with the realization of the importance of working for social justice, and living in community with other people whose passion for building the Kingdom of God dovetails with your own- these are the things that make the CFJ's 'Worx' experiences great. Rarely have I found in a non-profit such a beautiful mixture of faith, service and justice. They really do great work.
My grandson began working with Justiceworx when he was in high school, and enjoyed the program so much that he continued during the summers while in college. His work with Justiceworx also inspired him to spend a year after college graduation working with the poor in Appalachia. It seems to be a tremendous faith-filled program which inspires the young people who participate.
Three of my teens have participated in summer experiences with Serviceworx and Justiceworx, for a total of twelve different experiences. This summer, my high school senior son will travel to Guatemala and my sophomore daughter to Philadelphia. I cannot begin to put into words how much these programs have influenced their lives. Each experience has opened their eyes, minds and hearts to the needs of others and challenged them to address the complexities of many social justice issues. I give thanks for the work that the Center for FaithJustice continues to do. Their programs truly touch lives and make a huge difference in our world... today, tomorrow and well into the future!
For the past 3 summers, I have spent a week volunteering with the Center for FaithJustice's Justiceworx programs. My first summer experience was in Trenton, my previous two were in Philadelphia, which is a bit more local for me. I have volunteered with a number of different organizations throughout high school and college, this nonprofit is by far my favorite to work with! Everything from their training to the actual weeks of service is so organized, and I know they have a wonderful staff to thank for that. The variety of community organizations that the center provides service to is great, and it really helps the student participants get a feel for those less fortunate. I could go on forever with good things about this organization; let's just say that it has transformed me not only in the service that I was able to provide for others but also in the relationships and bonds that I formed with those I worked for and with.
My 7th grade daughter was one of the middle school students who spent a week with ServiceworX last summer doing community service. The week was a requirement for her to receive her confirmation, but it turned out to be one of the best experiences of her life. She, among other things, helped underprivileged mothers and their babies at a day care facility in an impoverished neighborhood, and visited the elderly at a nursing home and even got to practice speaking spanish with the residents. My daughter's eyes were opened to poverty and hunger in our own and nearby communities and saw through ServiceworX how you can help. She is signing up to do it again this summer--and there is no requirement!
The Center For FaithJustice is a fantastic nonprofit that truly impacts the local communities in which it works. As a former volunteer I was fortunate to help with the Worx programs, leading students on weekly service trips to soup kitchens, housing rehab and senior care facilities. In addition to fostering a strong work and and service ethic, the Center for FaithJustice remains deeply grounded in its Catholic faith. Living out the gospel one day at a time, the organization is impacting both volunteers and those whom they serve.
I have both volunteered with this organization and been served by it. In my experiences volunteering with this organization, I have always been wow-ed by the way that the CFJ values and cares for its volunteers. Some of the most profound experiences I have had have been while volunteering with the CFJ. Moreover, I am so happy to help them since I know how valuable the work is that they do. Over the summer, they host 1-week long camps introducing high- and middle-schoolers to social justice. As a former participant in this program 'Justiceworx', I can say that this experience started my love of social justice and my passion for the connections between faith and justice. Whenever I can attend their weekly Wednesday night Soup and Psalms (free soup and prayer), I am always awed by the joy, community and faith that is fostered by the Center in such an authentic way. As someone who believes that the Church should be about true relationships, community, and social justice, I think that the CFJ is a beautiful reflection of what it means to be Catholic.