Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice



Phone: (574) 295-6149


Background: The mission of the Center for Community Justice is to promote and operate effective community-based services for victims, offenders, and the community. These services strengthen community safety, provide support and compensation for victims, aid restoration of offenders and promote reconciliation among victims, offenders, and the community. We are a non-profit agency with 20 employees working in seven different programs--each focused on Restorative Justice.

Volunteers: Volunteers are needed for a number of the Center's programs. Please call for more information.


Phone: (574) 233-8522


Background: Dismas House was founded in 1985 by people from the community in partnership with Notre Dame students and staff to create a community to assist ex-prisoners and college students in making a smooth transition into the community. University/college students and former prisoners share in a common, supportive living situation. The house, located approximately ten minutes from campus, accommodates 16 residents and provides a co-ed housing opportunity. All residents pay a monthly fee that includes room and board. The mission of Dismas House is to reconcile former affenders to society and society to former defenders through the development of a supportive community.

Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to cook for the residents on week nights. Volunteers also needed to teach basic computer skills and GED tutoring.


Phone: (574) 234-6900


Background: The Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County is an innovative collaboration of civil, legal, medical, and social services whose expertise provides victims of domestic violence and their families multiple options to restore balance to their lives.  The Sex Offense Services (SOS) program provides services to victims of sexual assault and their families and acts as a community resource to increase public awareness.

Volunteers: You can make a differrence! Train to become a volunteer Victim Advocate for the FJC or S-O-S. FJC Advocates respond to victims at the Family Justice Center for 4 hours per week and S-O-S Advocates respond 24-hours a day via phone and in person at local emergency departments to provide crisis intervention, emotional support, information, and referrals for those whose experience rape or sexual assault, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, or sexual harassment.  Call the Family Justice Center at (574) 234-6900 today for more information or to begin the application process.


Phone: (574) 234-8121

Background: The Legal Services Program of Northern Indiana is a private, nonprofit corporation founded by private attorneys and interested community leaders in 1953. It now provides free legal representation to low-income individuals in 24 northern Indiana counties. Legal Services assists people who cannot afford a private attorney with legal problems in areas such as housing, public benefits, consumer, health, and family law.

Volunteers: Student volunteers usually serve as an Intake Worker. The person is responsible for: Obtaining accurate statistical and financial information from clients who telephone or come to the office for assistance, obtaining accurate information about the client's problem, and writing a detailed narrative for attorney review. It also includes completing necessary forms and cards for each client, and, when experienced, completing a second "full" interview with eligible clients.