The holidays are behind us and for many, the warm memories are still with us as we move into the New Year.
But for some, those memories would rather be forgotten with hopes 2019 will bring them ‘peace, joy and prosperity’.”
For several hundred young men and women in Tuscola County, this was a very non-traditional holiday season.
Most of them were confined at a sprawling campus in Vassar called ‘Wolverine Human Services’.
Mackenzye, 17, says “What brought me here is multiple things but the main thing that brought me here is my drug addiction.”
“What brought me here,” says 17-year-old Raul, “is violating my probation and home invasion.” Because of their past mistakes, Mackenzye, Raul and the rest of the “residents” as they are called, are under court order to take part in a rigid and detailed program that includes hours spent in the classroom learning English, Social Studies, Science, Math, sports and even a daily class in ‘Life Skills’.
“They might have come here because of mental health issues and committed a crime. They might have come here because of substance abuse and committed a crime. But they’re here because they need treatment and help,” says Wolverine Services CEO Judith Fischer Wollack.