Virginia CARES Inc. has decided to honor a participant at each site with the Cindy Martin Award. Cindy was a former Executive Director of this agency and she was instrumental in making this agency the agency that it is today. Cindy was a champion of the cause of Virginia CARES Inc.
We decided that every site will choose a participant that they feel is the best participant in their program. This participant will be awarded the Cindy Martin Award. And out of the Recipients only ONE participant will receive the Lin Edlich Award the Participant of the YEAR!
Cindy Martin Recipients for FY 17-18:
Billy Norris– NRCA
Corey Banks– People-F
Jason Pritchard-People –A
Lin Edlich’s Story
Sharon Lynne (L-Y-N-N-E) Stewart began her life on August 5th in Salt Lake City. Lin believed in the power of each individual, to shape and change their own life. Symbolically, she changed the spelling of her preferred sir name to Lin (L-I-N) Lin was and is an original. Lin held professional memberships in many organizations and was considered an expert in the field of rehabilitation. In 1988 she was appointed by Governor Baliles to the Governor’s Commission to Study Overcrowding in Prisons and Jails.
It was in the field of rehabilitation that Lin really left her mark. In 1972 Lin was the Administrative/Clinical Staff Coordinator for Rubicon, one of the earliest and best residential drug treatment centers in the U.S. In 1973 Lin was Director of Women and one of the co-founders of Hegira House in Roanoke. In 1974, Lin became a Human Relations and Organization Development consultant and trainer with TAP. In 1976, Lin was promoted to TAP Director of Offender Services. In 1981, Lin founded and became the Executive Director of Virginia CARES, a unique statewide pre and post-release program for ex-offenders, which she served until her retirement in 1999.
The secret of Lin’s success was a combination of her incredible intelligence, her quick wit, humanness, fighting spirit, and her ability to identify with the people she served.
FY 17-18 Lin Edlich Recipient Award Winner is “Galen Wright”
Galen Wright became a client in early December 2017. He heard about Virginia Cares while incarcerated at Dillwyn Correctional Center. Within a week of his release, he enrolled with the Cares Program. On Galen’s first attempt, he applied at a local grocery store and secured employment. He has been working full time at this location for the last seven months and has acquired two pay raises. He was able to save money and buy a used vehicle. He volunteers at the Lighthouse Community Center which helps pick up food. Galen volunteers in other areas at the Lighthouse including the food bank and helping with transportation for returning citizens and others who don’t have vehicles. Galen lives independently. His long-term goal for employment is to secure a job within the Railroad transportation industry. Galen credits the CARES resources for helping him transition back in society successfully.
BOARD MEETINGS – FY 2018-2019
September 19, 2018: 2:00 p.m., 108 Henry Street, 2nd Floor, Roanoke, Virginia
Finance Committee – 10:00 am
Contract Accountability Committee – 11:00 a.m.
Planning Committee – 12:00 p.m.
January 18, 2019: 11:00 a.m., @ 500 E. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia
April 12, 2019: 2:00 p.m., 108 Henry Street 2nd Floor Auditorium, Roanoke, Virginia
BOARD COMMITTEE MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON THE MORNING OF THE SAME DAY AS THE BOARD MEETING AND THE TIME WILL BE UPDATED HERE 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETINGS
Contract Accountability Committee:
Statewide Staff Training: August 7-10th
108 Henry Street NW 2nd Floor Auditorium
Roanoke, VA. 24017
FY 2018-2019 MONITORING SCHEDULE – TBA