“We had  the pleasure of hosting a panel presentation featuring Rev. Jeff Grant and Jacquie Polverari entitled “Finding Hope and Purpose after Incarceration” at Western Connecticut State University on October 30, 2019.  We had a mix of students, professors, criminal justice professionals, people in recovery and those who have been personally affected by incarceration.  We found Jeff and Jacquie to be open and honest as they shared their experiences leading up to incarceration and their struggles upon release.  A period of questions and answers followed.  A focus of discussion was the “collateral consequences” that an offender’s incarceration has on one’s family.  Another topic of focus was the difficulty for felons finding employment.  We are very pleased with the experience of having had Jeff and Jacquie share their insights so openly and humbly with us at Western and we look forward to future endeavors with them.”