Our Impact in Belle Glade was Huge!
OUR IMPACT IN BELLE GLADE WAS HUGE!
Our Impact in Belle Glade was Huge
Dozens of service providers came to help hundreds of Glades residents with a variety of issues for Second Chance Month.
Belle Glade, FL (May 6, 2022) –
Florida Justice Center, Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, and Trulieve brought together dozens of community organizations to assist hundreds of residents of the Glades-area of Palm Beach County, an area affected by extreme poverty and disproportionate rates of arrest and conviction. The event, in celebration of Second Chance Month, was hosted in Belle Glade on April 30, 2022 at the Belle Glade Library and Civic Center.
A comprehensive impact report was created that shows the services provided at the event and who was helped. Some highlights from the report:
- 144 total clients helped:
- 85% Black, 8% Hispanic/Latinx, 4% white, 3% other
- 56% female
- $10,800 median income
- Age range of 19-73 years old
- Services provided:
- 79 sealing and expungement
- 49 driver license reinstatement
- 19 fines and fees assistance
- 15 clemency applications
- 9 voting rights restoration
- 68 other issues including child custody, child support, criminal defense, divorce, employment discrimination, government benefits, housing law, immigration, medical cannabis cards, probation issues, and reentry case management.
Organizations that attended to help returning citizens have a second chance at success included Choice to Change, Clinics Can Help, Coca-Cola of Florida, CROS Ministries, Florida Blue, Florida Rural Legal Services, The Glades Initiative, The Guatemalan-Maya Center, Gulfstream Goodwill, Healthier Glades, Homeless 2 Homeownership, Justice Impact Alliance, Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network, LatinoJustice PRDLEF, League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, The Lord’s Place, NuAge Medical, Palm Beach Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Palm Beach County Reentry Division, PepUp Tech, Re-Entry One, and Young Men of Distinction
Read the full report here:
See the WPTV story at: https://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/west-palm-beach/palm-beach-county-organizations-empowering-formerly-incarcerated-persons
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