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New Years Messages from Assata Thomas and Jeff Abramowitz, PRC Chair and Vice-Chair

Greetings Reentry Coalition:

Happy New Year. I imagined 2022 would be the beginning of some type of “normalcy” yet COVID continues to reinvent itself. Amid this pandemic, I have learned many lessons, one of them is the power of creativity. We have had to shift and pivot in almost every area of our lives and out of this shifting, creativity has been birthed. We have had to learn how to continue to support impacted persons in ways that we had not thought of before. But as a result of our collective creativity, persons coming home continue to be supported successfully. My vision for this year is to identify, and open one -full-service hub for reentry. This hub will consist of various reentry services that support individuals holistically. It will take intentional collaboration and participation to bring this to fruition. I firmly believe that the first hub will serve as the model to be duplicated around the city.

I would like to thank you all for your patience, your continued commitment to Reentry and your support to the PRC as we navigate a new way of being. As with all changes, sometimes things are a bit challenging initially but if we stay the course, we can successfully build on a firm foundation.

In solidarity,

Assata M Thomas, Chair- PRC

Hi. Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy New Year! We are excited about moving forward in 2022 and wanted to share of few items that will be moving forward as our new PRC leadership begins to take the organization to new levels. The PRC Steering Committee has will be electing a Treasurer in the coming months ahead and will need to Amend our By-laws for this election to move forward. If you might be interested in this position and want more details, please feel free to give me call.

As you may be aware, the Philadelphia Department of Prisons has continued to deal with the challenges of COVID19 and at our next PRC General Membership Meeting on February 2, 2022, we will be hearing from the Pennsylvania Prison Society and updated on the status of the prisons on State Road. We hope that you can join us for the very important, and what will be a truly informative meeting.

Finally, Reentry Month (June 2022) is just around the corner and we hope that you will consider hosting or planning an event to mark this occasion. At our February membership meeting we will be considering programs and ideas to make this an exciting month. If you have any ideas about programs or events to celebrate the month or would like to help with Reentry Month 2022 please let me know.


Jeffrey Abramowitz, Vice-Chair PRC

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