On a Monday afternoon in August 2016, 60 residents of the Indianapolis Reentry Educational Facility (IREF) showed up with enthusiastic appetites to a birthday party event sponsored by Corizon Health. IREF is an all-male, low-risk Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) facility designed to provide those incarcerated with the skills necessary to successfully reintegrate into their communities upon release with the goal of lowering recidivism. The party was the initiative of the Family Education Department (FED) at IREF, which provides a variety of programs focusing on family reunification. The FED was created to provide parenting skills to IREF fathers and offers opportunities for them to build relationships and deepen bonds with their children, as well as education and skills to help them be successful parents upon their return to the community.
The Brentwood Healthcare Support Team encouraged their coworkers to clean out their closets in support of two local charities. For a week, Team Corizon members collected men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, even extending the clothing drive through the weekend to allow for more items to be collected. Items were delivered to The Next Door and Men of Valor.
Team Corizon’s holiday food drive was an undeniable success. The initial goal was to collect 1,300 lbs. of food for Second Harvest Food Bank, a Nashville-area non-profit that works to feed the hungry and solve hunger issues in Middle and West Tennessee. A total of 4,097 pounds of food was collected, smashing the goal set forward at the beginning of December. The kindness and generosity of Corizon Health team members will help to ensure hungry families throughout the community will be fed.