While participants at the Covington Day Reporting Center take part in cognitive behavioral treatment and other training designed to help them get back on their feet, they’re also learning the pride in giving back to their communities. In February, participants at the center found three different ways to give back.
In their neighborhood alone, participants and GEO Reentry Services staff helped to conduct a neighborhood clean-up. They walked the streets picking up trash in the ditches and on the sidewalks, filling more than 10 bags with garbage. Taking part in area beautification projects is an important way for GEO Reentry centers to solidify their commitment to their local neighborhoods and show their dedication to improving the cities in which they are located.
Participants also volunteered for Playmakers Community Theatre in Covington where they cleaned and organized the backstage area and prop room in addition to the storage shed that was flooded in a recent storm. Playmakers has been a local attraction in Covington for decades, and because of the help from participants, the company had more time to prepare for upcoming productions.
Finally, the team at the Covington Day Reporting Center also created a new partnership with an organization that provides more than 200 hot meals a week to the homes of Covington residents. Participants spent the day with the group preparing homemade bread pudding and helping to box up the meals.
For participants who have found themselves in hard times and in need of assistance, the opportunity to provide valuable services to others is often welcomed and embraced.