Mission - to provide a safe meeting space where family members and friends affected by addiction can come together and be met with compassion and understanding, share experiences and listen, and to support one another. Every meeting will include a 30 minute presentation, 30 minute sharing and 30 minute networking and resourcing. People can come for the presentation and leave or if they choose or can stay and listen after.
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Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 at the West Long Branch Community Center
March 21, 2017
7:00 - 8:30pm
West Long Branch Community Center
For our March meeting we are pleased to have Miles Logan from The Fresh Start re-entry program which based out of the Long Branch Free Public Library. The Fresh Start program provides support for previously incarcerated individuals who are searching for employment. The program was established in 2012, but has recently been re-launched through the help of a partnership with the Monmouth University School of Social Work. The values behind the program are that every individual deserves a second chance, and recognizes the challenges and obstacles of creating a stable life, while living with a criminal record. Many individuals within this population have faced drug offenses, and have struggled to not only bounce back from addiction, but find employment.
Although the program is in its infancy, it currently includes one on one sessions with a social work intern, resume writing, job searching, referrals, and interview preparation. At its core though, the program is a place for support, especially in a society that has an unfavorable view of the ex-offender population. Miles began working on the program in September of 2016, and has so far placed a strong emphasis on developing the program’s structure for future interns. He has also spent a great deal of time networking with government and community organizations to develop resources for ex-offenders.
Miles is a United States Army Infantry Veteran, and currently a Sergeant in the United States Army Reserve. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Monmouth University and is interested in various fields of the social work profession, but mainly community organizing. He is interested in assisting veterans / active duty service members; addictions, especially amongst lower-enlisted military service members; and continuing to pursue criminal justice reforms and assistance for the previously incarcerated