Hats off to
It would be
very easy to just sit back and wait for these kids who are
in the juvenile probation system to finish their probation
and then wait until the same kids come back through again
after going back to their old ways.
It was evident last week that if Mike
Meade, Director of Juvenile Probation, and his qualified
staff members, such as Mary Gready, have anything to do with
it, that just isn’t going to happen.
Mary, who worked in the same system for
20 years in Harris County, says her boss is innovative and
“thinks out of the box” when it comes to trying to develop
or utilize programs that will turn the kids around and make
them contributing members of society before they become
hardened and receive on the job training in the Texas prison
Last wee, Meade sought and received
approval to apply for several grants that, if received, will
enhance his efforts to work with these kids and perhaps give
them a new lease on life and a second chance.
Meade is applying for a grant of $125,000
to fund a Truancy Abatement Pilot Program; a grant for
$27,305 to fund the Family Focus Bi-lingual In-home
Parenting Program; a grant of $25,596 to fund the third year
of the Juvenile After-Care Program; and a new grant for
$25,000 to fund the new Texas Gulf Coast Tattoo Obliteration
program. No funds will be required by the county.
It is very rewarding to see this type of
enthusiasm and concern coming from a government employee.
Sadly that isn’t always the case. But when it is, I feel
those going through hoops to do a great job should be
recognized for doing so.
So, hats off to Juvenile Probation. Job
well done—keep up the good work. Fort Bend County will be
much better off if some of these young people end up as
constructive members of society rather than a life-long
drain on the system.
Welcome home Dianne
Welcome home to County Clerk Dianne
Wilson, who took a vacation of two weeks to beautiful
Australia where she and her husband enjoyed visiting with
their son and his wife. Dianne says it is the first time
since 1992 that she has taken a full two-week vacation. So,
you might say she took a “well-deserved” vacation.
She says the “down under” is beautiful
and expensive. Bet it won’t be her last trip there since she
is expecting her first grandchild and that might just
warrant another vacation in the future.