The therapeutic community residents of GEO Reentry’s Casper Reentry Center in Casper, Wyoming have been hard at work over the last few weeks.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, residents have been assisting in making masks for young people at the Natrona County Juvenile Center and the Youth Crisis Center for protective use. CRC struck up a partnership with the Mirror Program, Blakeman Sewing and GEO Reentry so the residents could get the tools and materials needed to make the masks. The Mirror Program is a local organization who helps juveniles by establishing dialogue between them and inmates about making positive choices.
Around 14 therapeutic community residents volunteered for the project and made the masks by using sewing machines brought to the facility. They worked throughout May to create the masks.
At the completion of the project, the residents provided 200 cloth masks to protect the youth and give back to their community.
“We are very pleased to take part in helping the youth of our community, and to answer the call from our community partners,” Joshua Brown, Director at CRC, said.
All of the residents were grateful for the opportunity to help their community and to take part in positive activity that reinforce GEO Reentry Services’ programming they are provided with, which helps them experience the rewards of positive behavior.
The Casper Reentry Center utilizes a modified Thinking for a Change (TC) treatment model to provide case management, work release and transitional services to misdemeanant and felony offenders with substance use disorders. The TC program is offered as an intensive 12-month therapeutic program that focuses on counseling, substance abuse treatment, peer-led seminars, daily small group sessions, daily house meetings and weekly family therapy.