After a year-long hiatus, the annual Day of Responsibility returned to SCI Laurel Highlands. Due to the zone structure created by continued COVID-19 restrictions, some creative planning took place. Nevertheless, the day — or in this case, days — did go on.
The Day of Responsibility was split into two days, in order to accommodate each of the four zones. One zone attended in the morning and one in the afternoon on Sept. 22 and 29.
Both days featured incredible speakers who told their stories of loss and pain but ultimate healing and hope. The strength and courage of both women was evident, and the audiences were very appreciative of their willingness to share.
On September 22, the speaker was Erica Hargenrader, from Mifflin Co. Parole and Probation, who told her story of domestic violence and sexual abuse. The Office of Victim Advocate (OVA) also spoke, discussing what they do for victims and informing the audience about the Inmate Apology Bank. Finally, the audience viewed a presentation and had a discussion.
On September 29, the speaker was Stephanie Urban, whose sister, Olivia Red, was killed in a wrong-way DUI crash in 2018. This audience was also introduced to OVA and the Inmate Apology Bank. Each session ended with an in-depth discussion of the packet that was distributed at the beginning of the day.
Though the day was structured differently, many positive comments were voiced by participants. Much thanks to all who helped to make these days a success!