Below is a list of other Community Based Services in the area along with links to their websites.

African American Cultural Center

The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to educating, enriching, and empowering residents of the Capital Region through a variety of educational, cultural and performing arts, programs, activities, and exhibits that promote awareness and raise the collective consciousness of all ethnicities to the rich and vibrant history, contribution, and culture of African Americans. The Center seeks to strengthen communities by fostering unity, self-determination, cooperative economics, collective work, and creativity.

Albany County Bar Association

Their Pro Bono Program serves the legal needs of the indigent and working poor.

Albany County Reentry Task Force

The Albany County Reentry Task Force is a DCJS grant funded program. The mission of the Task Force is to increase public safety and to reduce recidivism by developing a strong reentry system that emphasizes evidence-based principles and approaches to addressing the criminogenic needs of formerly incarcerated individuals. Contact: Diane Buoni  (518) 447- 4555 or

America Works

America Works lifts people out of poverty using its unique brand of intensive, personalized employment services.

A Village

AVillage…, Inc. is a grass roots group working to improve, enrich and empower the lives of children and families in our communities here in Albany.

CEO – Commission on Economic Opportunity

The programs at CEO are designed to empower individuals and families to build self-sufficiency in all life areas and rise out of poverty.

Capital City Rescue Mission

Capital City Gospel Mission is a non-profit, non-denominational, charitable organization. Men, women and children who are homeless or living in poverty in the community come to the Mission for food, clothing and shelter.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany

Catholic Charities, recognizing human need at all stages of life, responds to all persons regardless of race, creed, or lifestyle, with special emphasis on the economically poor and the vulnerable.

Catholic Charities Housing Office

Catholic Charities Housing Office provides a continuum of housing and support services for homeless and needy members of our community.

Center for Community Alternatives

The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) has developed exemplary and groundbreaking programs for court-involved adults, young people and “at-risk” youth. While these program serve diverse populations, they share:

–A philosophy of unconditional care and commitment to clients served

–A methodology which works with clients directly in their homes and communities; and

–The goal of demonstrating the connection between alternatives to incarceration and public safety.

Legal Aid Society

Legal Aid Society is a Law Firm for poor people. They provide assistance and representation to poor people in civil, not criminal, cases. Their Service is free. There is no cost for any of the services we provide. They believe that everyone has the right to equal justice regardless of the ability to pay.

Legal Project

The Legal Project believes that all people, regardless of income, gender, disability, race, religion, age, sexual orientation or ethnicity should have access to legal services. This belief reflects a deep commitment to fairness and equal justice under the law. Based upon these beliefs, the mission of The Legal Project is to make the law more accessible to those in need, to increase the legal community’s involvement in pro bono work; and to serve as a resource on legal issues.

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.

New York Civil Liberties Union

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation’s foremost defenders of civil liberties and civil rights.

NYSDA – New York State Defenders Association

The New York State Defenders Association, a not-for-profit, membership organization, has been providing support to New York’s public defense community since 1967. Its mission is to improve the quality and scope of publicly supported legal representation to low income people.

Prison Action Network

Prison Action Network seeks to unite people who are incarcerated in NYS, people who have a loved one in a NYS prison, and people who care about the impact incarceration has upon our society.

Prison Families of New York

Prison Families of New York is for anyone with a loved one in a NYS prison, about to go to prison or has come home. It also allows some providers to join. There is a short application process (to keep spammers off the site) and you will be asked your for location (city or town) and email address. It is free and confidential. Once you have joined, you will find a wealth of information about all prison/prison family/parole/family reunification topics and you will be able to just read, read and reply or post your own new questions and comments. On that site, you will find links to support groups and events all over the state, as well as good information about handling all criminal justice problems.

Prison Justice Network

The goal of the New York State Prisoner Justice Network is to build our individual and collective strength and to challenge and change New York’s criminal injustice system.

Prisoners’ Legal Services

PLS’ mission is to provide high quality, effective legal representation and assistance to indigent prisoners, to help them to secure their civil and human rights, and to advocate for humane prisons and for a more humane criminal justice system.

Social Justice Center

The Social Justice Center is a grassroots community organization which, through its programming and projects, confronts the roots and structures of oppression. The Social Justice Center is committed to building strong community activism to fight oppression by forming alliances and working in coalition with other groups.

Trinity Alliance

Founded in 1912 by Episcopalian Pastor Reverend Creighton Storey, Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region is known for its pioneering efforts in social service and health and wellness delivery.  Innovations include one of the longest continuously running after-school programs in the city of Albany, the presence of neighborhood establishments in every inner-city Albany neighborhood supporting broad social involvement and community (re)development, primary family support programs aimed at keeping families together, cradle to grave services and total, wrap-around services under one roof.