Community First Services, Inc. (CFS) is a minority-governed and operated 501(c)(3) NYS non-profit corporation, established and incorporated in the State of New York. The agency was established to operate community-based reentry services facilities and provide treatment and rehabilitation programs under contracts with federal, state and local government agencies. CFS provides education, vocational development, housing, treatment and rehabilitation services for adults and youth.
CFS’ mission is to help eradicate poverty, homelessness and helplessness within urban communities and empower the lives of at-risk individuals through community economic development initiatives and supportive services.
CFS serves individuals struggling with substance abuse, mental illness, and co-morbid and/or disabling conditions whose residential, behavioral and primary health care needs go unmet or underserved because they do not fit neatly into existing formulations of homeless problem-solving.
CFS strives, in every service that we provide, to become a national model for the integration of cultural congruence with best and evidence-based practices. We strive to help the individuals and communities that we serve—regardless of their racial or ethnic composition—overcome the devastation rooted in poverty and broken families, by not only offering them the tools that they need to improve their lives, but teaching them to use those tools in productive, prosocial, and personally rewarding ways.
CFS’ roots lie in more than 20 years of successful operation of Federal Bureau of Prisons, state and local reentry programs that have helped reintegrate thousands of men and women who served time in prison into their home communities in New York City, Long Island and the cities of Ft. Worth and Dallas, Texas.
Jack A. Brown, III, CFS’ Founder, President and CEO, developed and operated residential reentry and outpatient treatment programs from their inception for nearly 20 years, in a private-sector career that culminated as a Senior Vice President with Correctional Services Corporation. During his tenure, these reentry programs had some of the highest success rates seen in the country; with fewer than 7% of residents returning to prison, compared to national figures of up to 70%. Mr. Brown’s success in the private sector led to his decision to establish Community First Services, Inc., in an effort to combine services traditionally limited to the non-profit sector with state-of-the-art practice, entrepreneurial spirit, and proven management techniques.
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