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This interview with Laurie Scott was conducted on March 21, 2018 in Hudson, NY. Laurie grew up in Yonkers, NY and currently serves as the Director of ReEntry Columbia, a small non-profit in Hudson, NY. In the interview Laurie discusses her Childhood, connection to nature, addiction, domestic abuse, prison work, recovery, and the success of her children. She describes how she ran away from home multiple times as a teenager, became involved with the Black Panthers and graduated high school early. Laurie reflects upon her experiences with addiction and the support she received to enter recovery. She describes how these experiences influence her current work with inmates and the lessons they have taught her. Laurie discusses parenthood and the success of her children despite their difficult Childhoods.
This interview may be of interest to those who are curious about prison work, addiction, counseling, and the landscape of the Hudson Valley.
Michelle Vidovic is a small business owner who has spent the last twenty years working for non-profits and political campaigns. Her areas of focus include refugees, immigrants, and families. She has worked as a Community Connector, Program Manager, and as an Adult and K-12 English as a Second Language Teacher. Her political work includes issue campaigns and working for the late Senator Wellstone in a variety of capacities. She has lived and traveled extensively in both Africa and Eastern Europe. She finds that she’s happiest when working on the ground with people.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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