Meet JRI's Service Navigator

Our Navigator personally answers questions and talks with you about resources that may be available in the community to meet your individualized needs. If you have any questions about our programs or services, or aren't sure what you need, contact our Service Navigator, Rachel Arruda, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

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Rachel Weidenfeld

Rachel Weidenfeld, MSW, MPH is the Director of Community Health at Justice Resource Institute Health Division and manages training and technical assistance for the division. She is a public health social worker with fourteen years of experience in the HIV/AIDS field, along with direct clinical work in mental health and addictions. Previously, Rachel managed the PACT program, a team of community health workers who provide home visits for patients with various chronic diseases to support them in achieving better health. Rachel has trained direct service staff, supervisors, clinical staff, program directors, and administrative staff in diverse locations across the Northeast and nationally, with a particular emphasis on engaging high-risk/high-cost patients and a foundation in Motivational Interviewing techniques. She is a seasoned trainer and curriculum writer with expertise in multidisciplinary groups, participatory and engaging sessions, and uniting teams around common goals. Locally, she has worked with several hospitals and community health centers in designing and implementing community health worker programs, recruiting and hiring CHWs, and delivering training to new staff. 

Rachel Weidenfeld

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