First Night Preparations

By: James Jackson Email
By: James Jackson Email

First Night Harrisonburg organizers have been working to make sure everything is a go for this year's family friendly celebration. A lot of the work has been done by the Geminschaft Home, which helps people make the transition from prison to society as law abiding citizens.

"I'm trying to give back to the community, so I'm out here tonight doing some volunteer work and I think it's nice," says Michael Clark, a member of the Geminschaft program.

Monday, they assisted in the preparations for First Night Harrisonburg. For Clark, the best part of his work is knowing the impact it makes.

He says, "A whole lot of things is out here that can trigger back into some type of trouble, but me I've got my head all together. So you know, and I'm trying to do the right thing by me pitching out and helping out with the community. I think it's a good look for me."

Jennie Amison, Geminschaft executive director, says, "We are part of the community and we want to be a party of the community and we want to give back to the community and be a help not a hindrance."

Later Monday night, people will fill the streets in downtown Harrisonburg to celebrate the new year. Thanks to the men of the Geminschaft program, the celebration will be even more meaningful as they work to right their wrongs.

Jennifer Chapman, First Night Harrisonburg President, says, "There's a lot of them out here that are willing to help and we appreciate that so much."


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