Friday, January 28, 2011

MCC Plays a Pivotal Role in Transforming a Life

Mr. Darwin Norwood has come through the “back door” of MCC since the court’s inception on non-theft, quality of life offenses. With no source of income and little hope, Mr. Norwood found himself opening the car doors at Port Authority for an extra buck. Through the years, MCC staff “planted seeds” in Mr. Norwood’s mind to strongly consider our on-site Times Square Ink job training program.

Finally, something clicked for Mr. Norwood the last time he appeared in Court before Judge Weinberg. After completing the one day Project Earn court mandate, Mr. Norwood decided to voluntarily enroll in Times Square Ink. As one of the only voluntary participants in TSI, Mr. Norwood was always the first one here and the last one to leave. He devoted every ounce of energy, poise and drive to take advantage of this worthwhile program that he had contemplated doing for some time.

The computer exercises and interviewing practice didn’t come easy to Mr. Norwood, but he worked to his highest potential and his determination paid off. He completed TSI in late November and two weeks later TSI placed him in a sanitation job with Times Square Alliance! This same man who just 6 months ago was breaking the law in our neighborhood, is now helping the neighborhood and helping himself! Mr. Norwood’s story is a true MCC success. It took everyone from the Court Officers, to Judge, to Resource Coordinator, Alternative Sanctions staff, Social Workers, and lastly TSI staff, to help him evolve into a law abiding, working NYC resident!