More than 100 families served by the U.S. District Court’s Eastern District of Missouri Probation Division received holiday gifts thanks to the Electrical Connection.
On Dec. 15, IBEW Local 1 hosted a drive-up event at its St. Louis union hall at 5850 Elizabeth Ave. where the families could stop by and receive free frozen turkeys, hams and other gifts. IBEW Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) partner to form the Electrical Connection.
Members of the probation division and the Electrical Connection brought the gifts to the families in the parking lot. The Electrical Connection also donated $2,500 to support the holiday gift-giving program.
“It’s the fourth year that our IBEW/NECA partnership has supported the U.S. Probation Officers’ holiday giving program,” said Jim Curran, Electrical Connection executive vice president. “In addition to brightening the holidays, we also hope to ‘plant the seed’ that our partnership offers great career opportunities for all at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center next door.”
The holiday giving event is part of the U.S Probation Office’s Project Re-Direct, an innovative approach to rehabilitation. It is an intense seven-month program led by Rebecca Bledsoe and Clark E. Porter, MSW, an ex-felon himself, who is now a program support specialist for U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri.
“At the heart of what we do for the families we serve in the justice systems is to stabilize and improve lives,” said Lisa White, supervising U.S. probation officer. “Part of that is brightening the holidays, and we greatly appreciate the Electrical Connection’s hospitality and financial support to make that happen.”
The Project Re-Direct program offers substance abuse treatment, community service, employment assistance and support for ex-offenders to reduce recidivism and reorient their lives to give greater purpose, beneficial to society. Learn more about Porter and Project Re-Direct by visiting http://ow.ly/jxx550HcChS.
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