Rotary Club of South Bend

MEETING NOTES

Posted by Marty McCampbell on Jan 10, 2019
Rotarian Maria Kaczmarek introduced speaker Charles Bowen, Warden of the South Bend Community Re-Entry Center. Mr. Bowen has won numerous honors in his long career in corrections. Mr. Bowen introduced himself as, “Just a Parole Agent trying to do what’s right for these guys.” 
 
Mr. Bowen shared many of the services and projects residents at the Re-Entry Center perform for South Bend and surrounding communities. Notable was the years of service maintaining and improving the Potawatomi Zoo.
 
At the South Bend Civic Theatre, residents have assisted with set construction and several residents auditioned for and will appear in the February performances of “A Few Good Men.”
 
Through Mr. Bowen ‘s efforts residents are employed as custodians for the South Bend Cubs. In addition, many residents have gotten certification in trades, like welding, at Ivy Tech.
 
At this time of year, the Re-Entry Center runs out of winter coats, hats, gloves, and work boots so the men can are unable to work outside.  Keep them in mind when you sort through your clothes, bring them to the next meeting if you can and Maria will collect them.. 
 
Mr. Bowen and his staff work to help residents leave as financially responsible citizens ready to contribute to their families and to society.