The Kimball Reentry House is a special place. Through the initiative of Sheriff Donelan, men who are about to finish their sentence in the county jail are given opportunities to enjoy greater freedom and prepare for their life back in the community. Since most of the sentences are alcohol- and drug-related, the men are expected to work on their recovery. They also do community service.
Just Roots is partnering with the jail to give the men maximum freedom and respect, and the benefit of being out in the sunshine, working on the land—all in service to the community.
Over the summer, a few of these men including John Johnson, pictured here, have come out once a week to work with us on the Greenfield Community Farm. We have scythed, mowed, cleared rocks and picked vegetables. And we’ve had some big laughs. John says, “I feel pretty good about doing some of the work here. I enjoy giving back to the community.”
We are glad for men like John who are committed to doing good for themselves and others. It’s great to work together on the farm. We all benefit.
Read July article about the Kimball Reentry House in the Greenfield Recorder