HALFWAY HOME / Winter 2022
From the Executive Director
Our Spring fundraiser in 2022 will be an online silent auction! Watch for more information to come about all the fun and exciting items that will be available for you to bid on.
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Social Worker Update
Keith Jones, model resident and recent graduate
Keith Jones, a recent graduate of Renascence, did very well in our program and we are proud of him. Because he did so well, he was able to move back with his family in his hometown in South Carolina.
Like most of our residents, Keith was ordered to Renascence by Pardons and Paroles. He didn’t want to come at first, but once he had been at the house for a few weeks, he realized that it would be a great opportunity and ended up loving it. He eventually became house leader, which meant some extra responsibilities and several privileges, such as a room with a private bathroom. He says that while at Renascence he learned “respect, discipline, and more about the 12-steps and sobriety.” He got a second chance at Renascence and called it “a wonderful place.” He was determined to do well because he didn’t want to go back to prison and wanted to be back with his family.
House Superintendent Dereck Wise called him a “model resident”. Dereck says, “He had a positive attitude and was determined to turn his life around. He bought a car, kept a job, and was a hard worker. He always did his chores and helped others in the house.” At first, Keith was frustrated by Dereck’s strict discipline in the house. But in time, he came to realize that he needed the discipline and appreciated it.
He now has a good job in South Carolina that he enjoys. They have already promoted him after just a few weeks. He says it is awesome and amazing to be back with his family. A recent highlight was seeing his 11-year-old granddaughter in person for the first time in several years. It was a joyful reunion.
Art Room Reveal - March 17
Art provides a level of enrichment and self-expression that many of our residents have never experienced before. We believe they can and should enjoy this aspect of life, too. Renascence once had an art program that was discontinued for many years after the teacher could no longer participate. It has long been a dream to get the art programming started for our residents once again, and now that dream is coming true! We are partnering with two groups that are making this possible.
A team from Leadership Montgomery chose Renascence for their project this year. They are making progress on renovating and updating the art room. They are providing funds and labor to clean, organize, and restock the room. They are also looking for potential art teachers. The LM team has already made great progress, as evidenced by these before and after photos.
In addition to the LM team’s efforts, the Alabama Arts Alliance has received a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts to begin offering classes at Renascence. This grant will provide art supplies and teachers in all different types of media, including visual, performance, and literary arts. The Arts Alliance also plans to have an exhibition of the residents’ artwork and writing before August.
We are planning a Reveal event on March 17 at 12:00 p.m. All are invited to see the transformation of the art room on that day!
Come and see the final Reveal in person on March 17 at 12:00 PM
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