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In a short time span, Joshua White must overcome two barriers – trust issues and stigma – to connect recently incarcerated individuals with a jail diversion program. White must quickly build a rapport in initial meetings to receive consent for a more in-depth evaluation. “You’re dealing with a lifetime of distrust. It’s our job to build that trust.”

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This week, Maddie Stewart departs Places for People to enter medical school in pursuit of her dream to become a doctor. The two years Stewart spent at Places for People – first as a volunteer and then as an employee – have made an impact on her future focus. “It’s made me commit to community health as the basis for what I do,” she said.