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Lane Lyceum: From Prison to Progress: Re-entering the Community

In person: April 7, 2024, 12:15 – 1:15 PM

Simple lunch available (fundraiser for youth service trip)

The ripple effects of a tragedy like a shooting keep reverberating through our society long after the event – including a period of imprisonment of those convicted followed by release back to their families and communities.  What can be done to help these returning citizens succeed and help the community to continue to heal – creating cycles of peace rather than violence?

Community Reentry Services Program (CRSP) is a reintegration program that creates a pipeline from prison to progress for men in Massachusetts correctional facilities.  The program helps reunite participants with their families and provides wraparound services that include employment, education, mentorship, housing and diverse counseling services.

Our speaker is Milton Jones, Director of Re-entry Services at the Peace Institute. Enjoy a simple lunch prepared by the youth of First Parish (donation suggested, fundraising their service trip) at 12:15 while learning more about the Peace Institute’s important work.

Milton comes with a humble spirit, believing that a unified team is much greater than a single one. Prior to coming to the Peace Institute, Milton has worked in team-building and supervisory roles in health care and non-profit settings. Milton was educated at Fitchburg State College where he studied Psychology and Business Administration. Milton has served on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations where he has also functioned as a group facilitator.

Previous Posts

Become a Youth Group Service Trip Sponsor!

Members of our Senior Youth Group are heading to St. John (USVI) to volunteer with the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park during April vacation week. During their service trip, our teens and their chaperones will provide needed trail maintenance in the...

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Purpose Project, Round 2

As described in a recent post, Why Are We Here?, the First Parish Purpose project is an initiative to articulate our unique identity in a compelling statement that will help unite and inspire us as a community. The first step in the process was a Pizza dinner on March...

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Honoring Holy Days this Spring

Celebrate this spring’s holy days with First Parish! Unitarian Universalism respectfully draws inspiration from the world’s religions and the rhythms of the Earth. All are welcome! Coming up, we have our pagan spring equinox ritual onsite on Sunday March 17th after...

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Why Are We Here?

When the Strategic Planning Task Force delivered its final report at the end of 2023, one of the few primary recommendations was to update First Parish’s statement of purpose. Clarifying and articulating why we exist as an organization impacts not only how we describe...

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Depolarization Workshop March 16th at First Parish

Braver Angels is a national organization whose purpose is to address the growing partisan animosity. They hold workshops throughout the country with the objective of bridging the divide. Whether you’re interested in learning about the skills needed to have difficult...

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1/7 Sunday Service and RE moved to Zoom-only

With the current forecast for significant snowfall and flash freezes throughout Boston MetroWest, the First Parish staff team and lay leadership have decided to cancel in-person worship and religious exploration on Sunday January 7th. Our Sunday service will be...

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