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Justiceworks Helps Get Lives Back on Track

By: Leah Kraus Email
By: Leah Kraus Email

When you see Andy Suchowski now, it's hard to believe that just a few years ago he was desperately in need of a second chance. He had spent two and a half years in prison for felony charges resulting from alcoholism, drug dependency, bounced checks, and theft.

Suchowski found his support system at Justiceworks -- a non-profit designed to give low risk offenders a chance to clean up their record and start over.

Suchowski joined the TEAM program -- Teamwork for Employment Access Through Mentoring -- a re-entry monitoring program that provides one-on-one support to participants through mentorship. The program also helps participants find jobs.

After he successfully completed the program, Suchowski landed three jobs -- helping out at a recycling center, working with a realtor on properties, and mentoring others through Justiceworks.

"A year and a half later it's like feeling on top of the world," says Suchowski. "Now I get to mentor someone and it has been fantastic."

Mentors at Justiceworks say it's an amazing feeling to see someone like Suchowski change their life.

"It's a reward to see someone who's struggling make a life change in a positive manner," says mentor Paula Cummings. "They can go on and help other people as well."

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