Revised on Wednesday, March 28 at 10:10 am
Tonight’s and next Tuesday's Chicago Metro suburban edition of the Public Affairs TV show features Neli Vazquez Rowland, President of A Safe Haven, a feel good story that will inspire you throughout the day, month and year.
In short, A Safe Haven has about 5000 people pass through its doors every year. These are ex-offenders or others who have gone astray, and they want to straighten up and fly right.
These individuals are in crisis, perhaps they are exiting the criminal justice system, but often without a home, job or a support system to which they can turn. Others may have a substance or addiction problem (perhaps opiods, alcohol, marijuana, heroin, cocaine, meth, etc) that is interfering with their ability to function normally in society. Still others may have lost their job and tumbled down the socio-economic ladder, and their family has given up on them.
With a big hand up, not hand out, by Neli and her husband- Brian Rowland (A Safe Haven's CEO) and a large, productive and efficient staff of more than 250 "A Safe Haven," employees to assist them to get back on their feet, many, if not all, get it right and become productive members of society.
You will love learning what Neli, Brian and their great staff do in providing or guiding those in need toward temporary transitional housing, assistance in completing high school education (if needed) and obtaining vocational training, help in preparing for interviews and other aspects of obtaining a job, professional and other help in dealing with substance abuse problems, professional assistance with medical/health issues, adhering to a healthful diet and accessing a myriad of other services needed to become productive, self sufficient members of our economy and communities.
As you can see, helping these individuals return to civil society takes many kinds of resources that together comprise a holistic approach to get the job done successfully.
And, you will be thrilled to see that so many come to A Safe Haven in crisis and leave on their way to becoming wonderful, productive members of our great country.
Neli discusses with show host Berkowitz the above and much more, including the current drastic impact throughout various socio-economic groups of our local, state and national opiod problem.
The show also airs tonight and next Tuesday night (April 3) in the north and northwest Chicago Metro suburbs at 8:30 pm on:
Comcast Cable Ch. 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette and on
Comcast Cable Ch. 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.
You can also watch the "Public Affairs," show featuring Neli Vazquez Rowland
-- twice daily at 8:30 am and 8:30 pm in Evanston on Cable Ch. 6 this entire week and next.
--in Aurora and surrounding suburbs this Saturday (March 31) and next Monday, Wednesday and Saturday night at 6 pm on Aurora Community TV (ACTV-10).
--In Rockford and surrounding suburbs next Thursday (April 5) night at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 17
-- and next Monday night (April 2) throughout the City of Chicago at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable Ch. 21 [CAN TV]
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