On Wednesday, December 12, we were expecting 40-50 community members but ended up hosting 95 people for an amazing forum related to re-entry for individuals discharged from incarceration.
The event was held by the Commission on Equality and Opportunity. Their mission is to gather information regarding challenges around housing so they can produce a report to the Legislature, and hopefully produce funding, initiatives, and laws for those who struggle with housing. Many of these individuals also require mental health and substance services, so for this reason, hosting at Sound Community Services was the perfect match.
From an agency leadership perspective, I was touched by the participation of our amazing staff who supported their clients. Many clients told their stories about incarceration, re-entry and their success as a result of being involved with services at SCSI. Many showed enormous courage while telling their stories.
It was a great moment for SCSI, and many of the state leaders, community providers, and invited guests could not say enough about the work done at SCSI. It was a defining moment for those who were not aware of the work we do.
Specifically, I would like to thank Jaimi, Nadege, and our case managers, who attended in support of their clients. Words from clients are a testament to the incredible work you do with this population. Also, thanks to Joanne from Employment and Ellen Crichton on the Residential side. Ellen has worked in this space prior to this forum during her MSW internship.
Thank you to all for showing up on behalf of the agency and the clients you serve. Thank you to Warren for setting up the 3rd floor and the IT team for dealing with technology.
I would also like to thank the entire leadership team who welcomed and greeted visitors; as always, your professionalism is something to be proud of.
Together we are most definitely leading the way for others!