Ms. Beronica is a Children's Middle School
Librarian and enjoys providing creative outlets for the tween community. When
she's not at work, Beronica will be found: reading, sewing, cooking, building,
watching movies (especially horror), conversing in Spanish with her family, and
spending time with her two, rambunctious nephews!
Sophia Manuel is the Corrections Project Manager for READI Chicago, a program at
Heartland Alliance that aims to reduce community violence by providing
cognitive behavioral therapy, transitional employment, and support services to
men at highest risk of involvement in gun violence. In her role, Sophia
develops and manages pathways for individuals returning from incarceration to
become READI Chicago participants. She also facilitates group cognitive
behavioral therapy sessions for participants in Cook County Jail. Prior to
joining READI Chicago, Sophia worked as an investigator of police misconduct for the City of New York for
several years. Sophia holds dual master’s degrees in social work and public policy from the
University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in development studies from Brown
Pettigrew is the elder of three,
Father, Grand Father. A resident of the southside of Chicago for most of my
life, Englewood, Woodlawn and Washington Park, graduate of Dyett Middle School
and DuSable Highschool. I am a certified
Environmental Tech by trade and found my way into the work of social
service due to being in a homeless situation at a wonderful place by the
name of A Safe Haven.
There I found my
passion for working with and for the community as an Outreach Specialist and a
Case Aid. This journey lead me to READI Chicago in Englewood, where I am
presently the Crew Lead and serve on a few committees, the Behavior
Consequences Committee and the Reentry Committee.
Here we work with
young men who are victims or potential victims of gun violence. The program
provides the service of cognitive behavior therapy along with trainings and
work experience. The READI program is one of substance and value to the
communities we serve and I am very proud to be an intricate part of this
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