For this installment of the Barbershop Show, Richard Steele speaks with Sheryl Abel. Abel heads H.O.P.E., an organization dedicated to helping female ex-offenders get back on their feet. Sheryl shares her story of how her past led her to helping women make better decisions. Reverend Valerie Riley, of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), along with Willie Powell of H.O.P.E., also join us live. Riley is director of LSSI’s Connections, a program that serves incarcerated mothers, women who are returning home from prison, their children and the children’s caregivers in Metro Chicago.
Richard is also joined by WBEZ’s Linda Lutton. The education reporter talks about Year Up, a program that gives teens a crash course on how to fit in in the professional world.