Member Spotlight: Lee R.

By APPA Community posted 2020-02-03 12:00 AM

Lee-R.jpgLee doesn’t just do his job as a Community Coordinator; he lives the job! He was working as a coordinating service provider even before he joined the Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS). He worked tirelessly with his church to provide such services. Today, Lee uses that same energy to persuade nonprofits and other organizations to partner with DCS to support returning citizens in turning their lives around. He encourages those partners to collaborate instead of working in isolation. Lee’s volunteer work in the community is well respected. In addition, Lee is a gifted orator. Several of his encouraging catchphrases have become part of the vocabulary of the organization.

Some Georgia counties have a housing coordinator and community coordinator, but Lee manages both responsibilities in Georgia’s second largest county. When Lee sees a problem, he doesn’t complain about it: he chips away at it. One example is Uplift, a service he started which provides transportation to returning citizens for critical appointments during the first weeks of their release while they get on their feet. Lee also established a reentry coaching program, so that people who want to provide guidance are trained in the most appropriate way. His hard work and cheerful spirit are an inspiration to the entire department.