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Public Invited to Learn about New Initiative to Help Inmates Successfully Transition

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November 27, 2017

Public Invited to Learn about New Initiative to Help Inmates Successfully Transition on December 6 in Newburyport
NEWBURYPORT, MA – November 27.  Pennies for Poverty and the Justice Action Ministry of the First Religious Society (FRS) Unitarian Universalist will host a forum to learn about the Criminal Offender Re-Entry Initiative (CORI) on Wednesday, December 6.  Clarence Blevins, reformed ex-felon, will discuss the challenges confronting inmates and ways the community can help them to make a successful transition upon release from prison. The event will take place from 7-8 pm at the FRS Lower Meeting House located at 26 Pleasant Street in Newburyport as part of their First Wednesday Program.  This free, public event has been organized to inform the community about the challenges facing individuals who are incarcerated or recently released.  The forum will also discuss opportunities the community can support to ease the transition after release and reduce recidivism. CORI is a joint initiative of the FRS and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Haverhill.
About Pennies for Poverty
The mission of Pennies is to promote and carry out efforts to reduce poverty in Newburyport, MA and its environs through fundraising, encouraging volunteerism and community service, and educating and raising awareness about poverty. We accomplish this by:
  • Raising funds to address urgent needs at local anti-poverty agencies.
  • Increasing awareness and educating about poverty in Greater Newburyport.
  • Helping people in need find ways of getting help through our mobile-friendly, searchable, online Resources Directory.
  • Promoting volunteerism by advocating use of by local non-profits to publish their volunteer needs and publicizing its availability to the community.
  • Improving the quality of food provided to those in need by involving farms, fresh fish and natural food stores in our gift card program and distributing the majority of our gift cards during the growing season.
  • Publicizing food drives and other local anti-poverty activities.
  • Supporting local businesses by buying gift cards for donation to local anti-poverty organizations.
About the Justice Action Ministry
The Justice Action Ministry stimulates awareness and action on social justice issues within the First Religious Society and the local community, in collaboration with other FRS groups, local Newburyport social action groups, and the greater Unitarian Universalist Association.
For information, contact:
Amy Weickert, co-president
Pennies for Poverty
Lea Pearson
Justice Action Ministry