Hundreds come out to community resource fair sponsored by DPSCS Central Region Community Supervision
(November 8, 2012) --- Hundreds of ex-offenders and other folks facing hard times lined up at St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore on Thursday, not for a free meal or a handout, but to learn how to get their lives back together, and it was all thanks to the efforts of DPSCS Central Region Community Supervision agents.
Every year, Central Region Agent Supervisor Blanche Chenault organizes several community resource fairs, which are designed to bring together dozens of support services, non-profits, ministries, and potential job providers. This week, more than 40 vendors came out to help hundreds of ex-offenders, many of whom are still under community supervision. The St. Frances gym was so full, the lines stretched outside almost to Eager St.
“I just hope this gives people trying to turn their lives around some help to do that,” said Ms. Chenault, a onetime federal employee who joined the former Division of Parole and Probation in hopes of making a difference in the lives of ex-offenders.
Ms. Chenault says the fairs would not be possible without the help from volunteers, including many of her Community Supervision colleagues. She’s already planning for the next resource fair---another opportunity to help ex-offenders not come back into the system after creating more victims.
DPSCS is proud of the efforts of all its Community Supervision personnel---more than 800 men and women who work in offices in all 23 counties and Baltimore City, supervising more than 60,000 offenders and ex-offenders.