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Staff Message: Dawn Vrentas

Dawn Vrentas
Hello Friends: My name is Dawn Vrentas. I am currently attending school at the University of Washington working to obtain my Masters degree in Social Work. My desire to pursue a career in the field of social work was sparked after my experience inside the Washington State Correctional Center for Women. I was incarcerated here for many years and spent the majority of time tutoring women in GED and college level courses. The work I did inside the prison impacted me greatly. After I left prison I desired to continue my involvement with former prisoners. Thus began my journey with the Post-Prison Education Program. I was introduced into the Program as a math tutor, and now, several years later I am an employee. I am incredibly lucky to get to work alongside an extremely devoted and inspirational team in student affairs.

The Post-Prison Education Program truly does live up to the mission the organization set for itself by 'building lives worth living'. We serve a highly marginalized population by meeting basic needs and more importantly by providing emotional support, guidance, and encouragement to people who on a daily basis have doors of opportunity closed to them. By assisting students in accessing post-secondary education, and by providing critical and timely support, the Program assists our students in re-building their lives, starting with education, and to be an example for our future students and their families.

Our Program has continued to be successful because of the contributions of so many of you. We thank you for your continued generosity in the donation of your time, money and support. We value the resources that have been made accessible to our students and the doors of opportunity that have been reopened because of your support. We hope you will continue to offer your advice, assistance, and encouragement to our students and the Program. We thank you for supporting the Post-Prison Education Program and our students in 2012. We simply cannot do this work without you! Thank you, Dawn Dawn Vrentas