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SWANSON CENTER FOR YOUTH HONORS YOUTH AND STAFF AT COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP EVENT

07/30/2009

SWANSON CENTER FOR YOUTH HONORS YOUTH AND STAFF AT COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP EVENT

Monroe, LA  - Swanson Center for Youth and Monroe area non-profit groups yesterday acknowledged  youth and staff who have made a difference to their organizations.

“Youth learn to give back to their community through their experience in working with non-profit organizations.  Such restorative justice projects are an important part of rehabilitation for adjudicated youth,” said OJJ Deputy Secretary Mary L. Livers, Ph.D, MSW.

“The partnerships between the youth and staff at Swanson Center for Youth and local organizations are truly representative of the community,” said State Representative Rosalind Jones of Monroe.  “It is always exciting and encouraging to see good things happen in the community.”

“The youth at Swanson are building relationships and learning skills that will help them to live successful and productive lives when they are released,” said State Senator Francis Thompson, of Delhi. “Dr. Livers and her staff are helping these youth to become productive citizens.  My family has been engaged with the leadership of Swanson for some time and the mission of the facility has always been important to me.”

Today’s ceremony honored the Swanson youth and staff who work with several community organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, the Northeast Louisiana War Veterans Home, Relay for Life, and the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana.    

Habitat for Humanity Director Larry Head said, “Swanson has given Habitat over 1,000 hours this year, and during the past few years, have built over eight homes for families in the area. Habitat for Humanity could not have completed the residents’ homes without the Swanson volunteers and their woodworking instructor Mr. Robert Moffett.”

Richard King with the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana explained that the Swanson volunteers have made possible so much more for this community than could have been accomplished without their care and diligence.  The youth helped the food bank put together food bags for hurricane relief, that are standing ready for the season.

Tommy Shoemaker of the Northeast Louisiana War Veterans Home presented awards to the youth and described how the youth have visited with the veterans, and listened to their stories, and helped improve morale for the residents.  Swanson youth have performed a variety of services at the War Veterans Home and have learned to give back to the community, so they will become productive citizens when they are released.

Deputy Secretary Livers said, “Youth and staff at Swanson have been working hard to build relationships that will facilitate successful re-entry into the community.  This is an opportunity to recognize these accomplishments and share information with elected officials and the community about positive progress at the facility.”