Latest Developments/Últimos Acontecimientos

El 7 de octubre de 2016, Reencuentro se dirigió a los participantes del programa Residencial de Droga Adicción y Alcoholismo, en Español. Esta fué una oportunidad fenomenal que permitió explicarles a los reclusos las realidades de regresar a Puerto Rico a trabajar (con un expediente delictivo) y los pasos que pueden ir implementando para que la transición se les sea menos problemática. Los reclusos respondieron muy bien a la presentación y le hicieron muchas preguntas relevantes a los presentadores (Carlos Cuevas Morales y S. De Jesús). Miguel Zaldívar también estuvo presente y ofreció una presentación espectacular en cuanto a las realidades de la casa de transición, probatoria, transición, y cómo conseguir trabajo. Esperamos regresar a FCI Miami en un futuro cercano.

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Vamos a  auspiciar otra competencia de afiche con los estudiantes de la escuela Central.  Esta competencia tendrá como lema “Reencuentra tus Valores.”  Con esta frase queremos recordarle a los jóvenes que nuestras raízes históricas valoran el respeto a la vida y a las leyes.

Estamos haciendo gestiones con distintas compañías puertorriqueñas para que se comprometan en emplear a ex-confinados. Estamos anticipando un buen respaldo así que estén pendientes.

Jaxiel sigue sobresaliendo en sus estudios en la escuela Cupey Montessori. ¡Buena Suerte!

Desde el 25 de abril hasta el 9 de mayo de 2016, Reencuentro auspició un concurso con los estudiantes de la Escuela Central de Artes Visuales en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El tema del concurso era “La Reintegración del Ex-Confinado a la Sociedad.” Catorce estudiantes sometieron sus afiches con el propósito de cambiar actitudes y percepciones acerca de los confinados y en particular entre las empresas para que estas les brinden empleo al regresar a la libre comunidad.

Estamos muy complacidos en anunciar que Abdiel Díaz recibió el primer premio con su afiche titulado “Dale Otra Oportunidad.” El segundo premio fué otorgado a Salvador Abruña con su afiche “Ayuda al Ex Confinado,” mientras Linda Maymi se ganó el tercer premio con su afiche “Ayúdame a Ser Escuchado.”

 

El primer ganador recibió $150, el segundo $100, y el tercero $50 en certificados de regalos de la tienda Arthings Art Supply Store.

Le queremos dar las gracias al Sr. Jose Morales (Director de La Escuela Central de Artes Visuales), Yahaira Agosto (Maestra de Arte), Olga Sanchez (Maestra de Arte) y a Jorge R. Calderon (Artista) por su apoyo, tutoría, y hospitalidad en que se realizara este concurso. Queremos felicitar a todos los participantes y en particular a los ganadores.

Sigamos trabajando para hacer de Puerto Rico un mejor lugar para vivir.

Para ver todos los afiches del concurso, diríjase a la sección titulada “Posters Competition.”

septiembre, 2016

 

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Para todos los que han preguntado, a Jaxiel le va muy bien en la escuela y está muy emocionado con sus estudios. Su mamá, Yashira, está muy orgullosa de él y  muy agradecida con Reencuentro por brindarle esta ayuda a Jaxiel.

septiembre, 2015

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Estamos muy complacidos con la Cupey Maria Montessori School por haberle otorgado al joven Jaxiel Silvestrini una beca (completa) para que él curse estudios en ese prestigioso colegio. La beca corre desde el primer grado hasta el duodécimo.  Jaxiel, de 6 años, fue seleccionado tras pasar con muy buena puntuación un examen de admisión y por mostrar rasgos de liderazgo ya a esta temprana edad.  (Por cierto, el padre de Jaxiel es un graduado de esta escuela también.) Jaxiel, ¡¡¡te deseamos mucha suerte!!!

 

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Jaxiel y su mamá Yashira en frente de Cupey Montessori School.

agosto 2015
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On October 7, 2016, Reencuentro was invited to FCI Miami to address the participants of the Spanish Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program. This was an excellent opportunity to explain to the inmates the realities of returning to work in Puerto Rico (with a criminal record), and steps they could implement to help the transition be less problematic. The inmates responded very well to the presentation and peppered the presenters (Carlos Cuevas Morales and S. De Jesús) with many relevant questions pertaining to Re-Entry. Another guest, Miguel Zaldivar, gave a spectacular presentation on the realities of half way house, probation, transition, and work.

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As stated in our Home Page, another inmate still under federal probation was killed in PR this past month. We believe this is the forth, if not the fifth inmate, who is killed while still under the federal government’s jurisdiction. Some of these deaths have occurred at Casa Alborada, the half way house they were assigned to, or outside in the community. These deaths are a source of outrage and for this reason we are demanding enhanced safety measures for those living in Casa Alborada. Toward such end, Reencuentro has written letters to all parties responsible for  Casa Alborada insisting on improved safety measures for these ex-inmates living in Casa Alborada.  We will follow up these letters with a visit to Chief Michael as well as other government officials.  May, 2015

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The Board had a very successful week September 22-26, 2014, that served to cement commitments and build new relationships that will prove to be fruitful in the near future.  Once again Ms. Maria Teresa Berrios, Principal at Cupey Montessori School, along with founder, Ms. Angelina Ochoa, have agreed to provide a scholarship to a child from the Residencial Alturas De Cupey. This scholarship will cover tuition costs from kindergarden to 12th grade.  The child will be selected from the existing pre-K class at Head Start located in Residencial Alturas de Cupey.     Ms. Lynnette Pena, from Región Sur Head Start, will be hosting meetings with the parents of these children and, along with our President, Mr. Luis Rivera, will explain the nature of the scholarship and what they need to do as parents to ensure their child qualifies for it.  The Board also met with Mr. Carlos Quinones, President of John Dewey University, who agreed to provide a counselor for inmates returning to society and wishing to enhance their educational background by enrolling in this university.  These counselors will assist the inmates fill out their enrollment and financial aid packages.  Lastly, the Board met with Mr. Polo Aviles from Cine Coop, as well as his “crew” to discuss possible value-laden workshops that can be introduced to the prison population. We are very excited and extremely thankful to all these very generous individuals who understand we all need to come together if we want to see each segment of Puerto Rico progress. It is only when we all “move forward” toward financial strength that Puerto Rico will experience  economic recovery and be on its way to economic success.                 October 9, 2014.

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F. Villaespesa, Esq., was a guest on the show “Alerta Contra El Crimen,” (1140 AM) hosted by Alexandra Acosta Cabán, Esq. Also present was Coronel Benjamín Rodríguez (retired from the Police department). On this show Fernando analyzed issues presently on the news along with their legal application. In addition, he explained our organization, its mission, and the population it is serving. Fernando, thank you! July 1, 2014

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Reencuentro participated in the conference “Conservatorio…Patronos Transformando a Puerto Rico,” and was able to establish new and exciting contacts that have agreed to assist us in our endeavors. More information will be forthcoming.  May 30, 2014

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Reencuentro is pleased to announce that Cupey Maria Montessori School has agreed to offer one highly competitive scholarship to a student from the Residencial Alturas de Cupey.

Our heartfelt THANKS for all your help!

Reencuentro was invited to the conference titled “Conservatorio…Patronos Transformando a Puerto Rico,” to be held May 7, 2014, and sponsored by One Stop Career Center of Puerto Rico and Volunteers of America, Casa Alborada. April 30, 2014

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Reencuentro is moving “full steam ahead” having mailed letters to different educational centers requesting scholarships for the academic year 2015-16. These scholarships will be awarded to promising students from Alturas de Cupey. Additionally, churches in the vicinity of Alturas de Cupey have been contacted with the hope they will agree to offer tutoring to these children. Next month we will report on progress achieved on behalf of this initiative. March 21, 2014

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Reencuentro is scheduling a workshop in “Alturas de Cupey” for September, 2014. That workshop, which will be designed for the leaders of the community, will stress the concept of “Forward Thinking,” and the implementation of community goals. In addition, Reencuentro is trying to secure scholarships and tutoring opportunities (English and Etiquette) for students from Alturas de Cupey. We also wish to welcome Fernando Villaespesa Zalduondo, Esq., who is committed to Reencuentro’s mission and is offering his services pro-bono.
February 28, 2014

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The Foundation is presently reaching out to several community activists in PR to join forces to help this disenfranchised (ex-felons) population. In addition, the Foundation is pursuing projects to assist low income areas as well as to provide scholarships to deserving students who hail from these communities. As soon as these contacts are firmly established we will report about it here. January 22, 2014

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