Staff and residents at Alcohol and Drug Addiction Parole and Probation Treatment (ADAPPT) in Reading, Pennsylvania volunteered to pick up trash in their community as part of the 26th annual Great American Cleanup on April 27. The Great American Cleanup is an annual event hosted by the Reading Parks Department and Reading Beautification, Inc., an organization focused on making and keeping Reading clean and beautiful. Staff and residents of ADAPPT, a residential reentry center operated by GEO Reentry Services, volunteer for the community service event each spring to clean up trash in the city’s streets, lawns and parks.
Volunteers from ADAPPT went above and beyond during this year’s Great American Cleanup, demonstrating their commitment to giving back to the community of Reading. After cleaning their assigned area, the team went on to clean an additional eight blocks of the city. At the end of the day, they had filled a total of 15 trash bags.
“We take pride in upholding our strong record of community service in Reading,” Director of ADAPPT Michael Critchosin said. “Our commitment to community helps program reentrants give back and provides a valuable experience of engaging in positive behaviors that supports a change in thinking and outlook on life.”
Community service is a central part of reentry programming at ADAPPT, which supplements reentrants’ behavioral therapies with opportunities to serve less fortunate members of the community. Participants are regularly involved in a variety of community service opportunities throughout Reading, including city cleanups, snow removal, and local church volunteer work.
ADAPPT provides evidence-based programming to individuals referred from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole to address the causes of criminal behavior and reduce recidivism. The mission of the GEO Reentry Residential Program is to prepare participants to transition back to society with the necessary skills to support a productive lifestyle.