May 10, 2012 is WCS Day in Wisconsin!
Whereas, Wisconsin has a tradition of strong public-private partnerships to find solutions to community problems; and
Whereas, Wisconsin Community Services, Inc. (WCS) was founded in 1912 as the “Society for the Friendless” to help people who were incarcerated and to assist the families left behind, and its present-day mission has remained consistent: “To advocate for justice and community safety by providing innovative opportunities for individuals to overcome adversity”; and
Whereas, WCS is the largest and oldest non-profit criminal justice organization in the State of Wisconsin, having served more than 15,000 individuals in 2011 alone; and
Whereas, WCS provides both innovative and evidence-based programming in the areas of residential re-entry; court services; services to persons with mental health, alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA), and co-occurring disorders; youth services, including Milwaukee Excel Charter School; and workforce development services; and
Whereas, The types of alternatives to incarceration that WCS provides result in lower recidivism rates compared to incarceration and offer significant savings to taxpayers; and
Whereas, During its 100-year history, WCS has helped to increase public safety and strengthen Milwaukee’s neighborhoods by giving disenfranchised residents the tools and support they need to be healthy, law-abiding, and productive;
Now, therefore, I, Scott Walker, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, do hereby proclaim that May 10th be declared “Wisconsin Community Services Day” throughout the State of Wisconsin, and I commend this observance to all of our citizens.