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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.


Justice Resource Institute prioritizes empowerment through education and advanced training. JRI is exceedingly focused on creating opportunities for growth and advancement for our staff and in partnership with the communities we serve. We pride ourselves on attaining excellence through cutting edge clinical interventions and educational strategies. Our senior training faculty is committed to bringing training opportunities to those outside of our agency to expand the network of care for the individuals we serve.

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Training Contact:  For questions regarding trainings or to schedule a training please contact:

Tara Sagor, CAGS, LMHC

Director of Training & Trauma Response

(781) 559-4900 x3323


Who Are We? Meet The Trainers!

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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… Read more

Aisha Barnes

Aisha Barnes began her career in human services in 2008. She joined STRIVE in 2014 as Case Manager for STRIVE Forward, a national initiative funded by the US Department of Labor (USDOL) to assist youth offenders in successful re-entry and success in education and careers. In this role, she helps… Read more

Deryck Reid

Deryck currently serves as the Manager of Community Partnerships at STRIVE Boston, a workforce development program of Justice Resource Institute (JRI).  Since 1994 STRIVE Boston has been committed to helping the City’s most disconnected residents transform their lives through employment.  In… Read more

Robert Gervais

Robert S. Gervais is currently a JRI Division Director directly overseeing residential schools and community based group homes in Southeastern, MA.  Robert is also responsible for the oversight and implementation of the Building Communities of Care (BCC) curriculum across all of the JRI sites… Read more

Nikki profile picture Nikki Valila

Nikki Valila, Training Coordinator at My Life My Choice has spent the past 12 years of her professional career working with commercially sexually exploited girls. She brings a wealth of experience having worked for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office in the Child Abuse Unit as the… Read more