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Juvenile offenders make cards for senior citizens

POSTED: June 5, 2014 12:28 a.m.

A nursing home in Gainesville will be the first to benefit from a partnership where confined Department of Juvenile Justice youth will make greeting cards for senior citizens.

“This is the commissioner’s new Learning Project to increase awareness among DJJ’s young offenders toward seniors,” said Deputy Commissioner Sarah Draper at DJJ’s Division of Operations and Compliance. “We call our learning project, ‘Show Them We Care.’”

The goal of Show Them We Care is to help DJJ’s young offenders develop empathy for Georgia’s aging population receiving medical attention and living assistance in hospitals and nursing homes.

Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles envisioned this program not only to benefit senior citizens, but to educate youth about the realities of elder abuse before they re-enter their communities.

Niles personally delivered a basket containing more than 100 special cards for the Bell Minor Nursing Home in Gainesville.


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