Reclaiming Futures Kicks Off in Orange & Chatham Counties, North Carolina
Our project site in Orange and Chatham Counties, North Carolina, recently held its kick-off meeting, generating lots of excitement. Susan Powell, Community Fellow for the site -- pictured on the far left -- wrote in to tell us about it:
On Thursday, January 22, 2009, the Orange Chatham Counties Reclaiming Futures initiative hosted its kick-off meeting. Reclaiming Futures coach Elleen Deck & consultant Judy Schector did a wonderful job explaining the Reclaiming Futures model, goals, and approach to those in attendance. The Reclaiming Futures Fellows were pleased to see such a wonderful turn-out and participation by the group as a whole. Several prominent members of our community attended the meeting.
Judge Beverly A. Scarlett (pictured on the right, above) shared favorable comments with me regarding the Reclaiming Futures model. In particular, she was impressed with the collaborative approach to substance abuse treatment for the juvenile justice population. Another component that impressed Judge Scarlett was our plan to use family liaisons. She understands the benefit that liaisons provide when working with families in a non-judgmental way. In addition, liaisons understand the need for treatment, and the accountability of both parents and youth who are involved with the juvenile justice system.
The Reclaiming Futures team is excited by the enthusiasm shared at the meeting. We'd like to continue with the momentum that was generated, and hope to gain speed in working toward our goals.
[Got any words of encouragement for Orange Chatham Counties as they begin their work? Leave a comment, below! --Ed.]