Help­ing for­mer of­fend­ers re­join the com­mu­nity

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSI­NESS -

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: kayla.the­ ;­tree-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


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