Helping former offenders rejoin the community
Name: Kayla Crabtree Age: 25
Position: Discharge planner through the Bridge Program at the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre Job description: I connect with the men prior to release to build a discharge plan, in hopes of easing anxiety about the “what’s next.” An inmate is likely to reoffend if they lack the basic necessities; this would include income, housing and positive supports. The Bridge Program’s goal is to help those returning to the community find safe and suitable housing, and build a connection of support. This is done through a fantastic team of workers, volunteers, and community members with similar life experiences. Is this the job you thought you’d be doing? Not for a moment, but through my placement program at Mohawk College I learned to go into every opportunity with an open mind because you just might be positively surprised. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be part of a small grassroots organization that continues to remain heavily client-focused. Advice to others on launching a career: Keep an open mind when entering your field of practice, and apply to every opportunity. The perfect fit will find you along the way, and the rest will teach you valuable lessons.
Roots: I’m a born-and-raised Hamilton girl. My husband and I have considered moving out of town a time or two, but there is just something special about Hamilton. We look forward to raising our family and growing old here.
Facebook status: I shared The Spectator’s article about Wingfest, a Bridge Program event, asking friends and family to read and share. Twitter handle: @Kayla_thebridge iPhone, Android or BB? iPhone
Recent Tweet or FB update: I tweeted a quote, “Giving is a lifestyle.”
Contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org ; linkedin.com/in/kayla-crabtree-73ab3175 Favourite restaurant in the downtown: Che Burrito and Lounge Best feature of life in Hamilton: I enjoy all the outdoor features. I spend most of my free time with my two Labs exploring the streets. Gage Park, the Beach Strip … just getting out there and enjoying the scenery and the sense of community. What would make Hamilton a better city? Working toward a more inclusive housing market for low-income individuals and families, and the removal of predatory lending.
Quote: “No one is you, and that is your power” — Dave Grohl