To mark the Thanksgiving holiday, members of GEO Reentry’s New Jersey Alumni Services recently distributed meals to more than 200 local families in need.
GEO Reentry New Jersey Alumni Manager Arthur Townes and longtime New Jersey Alumni member Juan V. coordinated the event, which took place just before the holiday and had alumni traversing the town of East Orange on foot to hand out food. GEO Reentry Alumni Services partnered on the project with local nonprofit Joi’s Angels, which serves the disadvantaged in several New Jersey counties and provided the turkey and trimmings.
“It’s rewarding for us to give thanks on this holiday by helping those in need with a holiday meal,” said Townes. “We received another chance that began with GEO Reentry programs, and we are grateful to pass along a message of hope to those who are less fortunate.”
GEO Reentry Services operates an Alumni Services program that connects former program participants with local resources, referral opportunities and a supportive network of like-minded individuals, helping them stay on a positive path.
Former participants also receive ongoing mentorship and access to employment, housing, and educational opportunities, and participate in pro-social activities throughout the year that support their local communities. Over the years, members of New Jersey’s Alumni Services group have taken part in numerous community service projects, including Back to School supply drives, clothing drives, toy drives, neighborhood clean-ups and more.
Donating Thanksgiving dinner to local families in need has been a tradition for New Jersey Alumni Services members for many years. Alumni members who participate do so to honor their recovery from addiction and to show that a life free from substance abuse and criminal behavior is possible.