April 2020 Peer Spotlight

With how vital it is for anyone seeking a path to Recovery be connected to the four pillars: Health, Home, Community and Purpose, CARES CPRS’s sprang to action to help individuals being released from correctional facilities due to COVID-19 that were also in need of Recovery support. They were able to connect and provide individuals in the following ways:

  • NARCAN TRAININGS AND NARCAN KITS
  • CARES SUPPORT PACKAGES
  • NAVIGATION TO TREATMENT
  • LINKAGE TO SERVICES
  • RECOVERY COACHING
  • CONNECTION TO VIRTUAL AND TELEPHONE RECOVERY SUPPORT

Here are some words form the team:

“I find myself frequently overwhelmed by the state of the world and my limited capacity to help, I can barely imagine getting released from jail into a world so uncertain. Thankfully we, as a team, came together for MCCF inmate release due to covid-19. Their faces lit up when they saw the CARES team. We are there for them no matter what. We truly showed what it is to be a peer, unconditional love. The connections we make in our community are unparalleled.” – Kelly LaBar, CPRS

“To be of service to the individuals being released from Morris County Correctional Facility was an honor, to show them that even during these trying times they are not alone.  Providing basic needs and connection to housing was truly beautiful.  We didn’t know how long they were incarcerated for, what they were going home to, or even if they had somewhere to go.  Having the opportunity to provide tangible and emotional support brought some light to these dark times.” – Emily Monks, CPRS

“Helping someone find comfort when they are experiencing a change makes me feel useful and it is fulfilling to be able to help another along their way. Helping someone get through a hard time in their life can be humbling, as well as conjure up empathy and compassion.  Of course, all while maintaining a safe social distance.  I got home later that night and felt energized and grateful that we were given the opportunity to be there.  My coworkers are my heroes, I am very lucky.” – Caroline Bailey, CPRS

Contact us if you know someone who is being released from a treatment facility or correctional facility that could benefit from these services at 973-625-1143 or email our Patient Navigator, Emily Monks at emonks@mcpik.org.