Thursday, October 15, 2009
GEO serves barbecue at Trinity
By SUE WATSON
Friday, Oct. 2, was a beautiful, sunlit, fall day and the big smokers were filled with chicken and ribs, hot dogs and hamburgers - smelling good and all to benefit Trinity Mission residents and staff.
Music and dancing were a part of the celebration of life as many residents were brought outside to enjoy sitting outdoors, dancing and listening to music.
Purvene Anderson, assistant food service manager with GEO’s Marshall County Correctional Facility, prepared all the trimmings for the meal. Warden Jesse Streeter chose to serve dinner at Trinity Mission as a community relations project.
The same cooker used Friday also took first place in decoration at last year’s Christmas Parade. The cooker was built by the maintenance department at GEO’s Marshall County Correctional Facility. The cooker on wheels was designed by the late Buddy Carpenter, former business manager at the facility.
GEO staffers helping with the event celebrated with employees of Trinity Mission. The mood was festive and celebrated life.
“This is one of our ways of being involved in community,” said deputy warden Willie Williams. “We not only want to be seen as an industry, but part of the community.”
GEO has helped Trinity with events at Christmas and Easter and an occasional visit by staff, she said.
“Most every year we are involved with the Department of Health Services and help out with Christmas,” Williams said. “We also prepared Thanksgiving dinner and delivered it to New Hope Village (homeless shelter) last year.”
Other ways that GEO meets the community is through visits and talks to local school children, by participating in St. Jude Hospital’s walkathon, and through their pink month celebration that supports breast cancer awareness and raises funds for the American Cancer Society.
Besides putting on events, GEO participates in other planned events when invited to help support causes of other groups, Williams said.
“We certainly hope they will enjoy this,” she said. “The fruits of our labor are the smiles on the residents’ faces.”
Dietary manager at Trinity, Ruth Ann Prather was as excited about the barbecue as GEO and the residents.
“This is wonderful,” she said. “I see my residents out here wanting to know when we are going to eat and we have trouble getting them to eat at times. This is a perfect day.
“Just being outside means a lot. And for the residents to know somebody besides family and staff cares means a lot. They are cooking some of their favorite foods.”
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