Adult rehab clients share concerns with Sen. Rogers
By Lisa DeNeal Post-Tribune correspondent November 16, 2012 4:14PM
Updated: December 19, 2012 12:50PM
GARY — Indiana state Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, visited the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center, 1351 W. 11th Ave. Nov. 1 and spoke with the male clients about issues that mattered to them.
The senator’s visit was put together by Salvation Army ARC Capt. Robert Buttrey and the center’s events coordinator Sharon Hill.
A retired teacher in the Gary Community School Corp., Rogers held the audience members’ attention as she walked along the aisle of the center’s sanctuary, briefly reacquainting herself with a couple of former students working to get back on the right path.
She then led a question-and-answer session with the members who asked about the lack of jobs and job opportunities for themselves, especially if they have felonies.
“After you have paid your debt to society, you should be able to have the opportunity to start over,” Rogers said. She added that work is under way to pass a law whereafter a certain length of time a boss cannot look into your background.
Audience members also stressed a need for more training programs to prepare for various jobs. Rogers agreed, citing that future employment opportunities in the city would require trained people and training programs are needed.
Rogers spoke about the importance of healthcare reform, saying no one should have to suffer from sickness or disability because they cannot afford health insurance.
Afterward, ARC client Raymond Harris, 53, of Gary, said he appreciated Rogers’ visit.
“This was the first time in my life that I’ve met a senator. And she was not here for a political purpose; she was here to talk and listen to us,” he said.