Dear DCERP fellows,
As I continue my work with SWDCJC, it obvious the passion my supervisor and her colleagues feel for the people of Detroit. My supervisor is constantly reaching out to community members and looks for new opportunities for the organization. She is obviously committed to the people of Detroit, and her attitude motivates me to put in more time and effort into our work.
The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges for SWDCJC. Most importantly, community members who had court dates in April and May had to reschedule their dates for later this summer. As SWDCJC reopens this week, they will begin to work through this backlog of court dates through virtual court hearings. In addition to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the SWDCJC has also been busy responding to the civil unrest within Detroit and across the nation. This movement has made SWDCJC’s programs and services more needed by many community members.
My supervisor has been particularly impressive while we work to respond to the community regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. She shared her personal views with, including the complex position she falls into considering her racial identity and her relationship to the precinct in SWDCJC’s neighborhoods. While I was drafting a statement regarding the movement to release to the public on SWDCJC’s behalf, my supervisor told me to reach out to my friends and family as well. I really appreciate her openness and desire to hear other’s perspectives.