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Horizon Goodwill Industries joins forces with Parole and Probation Hagerstown

Selected clients are given a voucher to choose a work outfit for free.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - They're hoping to open the door to a brighter future.

John Garcia is a client at the Hagerstown Field Office of Parole and Probation. He is among others here who are trying to get their life back on the right track.

"Definitely need a pair of boots for work," said Garcia. 

Less than a year ago, staff set up this closet sized storage room known as the Hagerstown Cares Closet, filled with clothing to toiletries to help probationers assimilate back to daily life. While staff say the closet has grown, the new partnership with Horizon Goodwill early September is the beginning of something great.

Tanzania Merriweather, acting field supervisor of Parole and Probation in Hagerstown, said, "If we can take away that strain, and have them focus on just rehabilitation and their recovery, it makes me excited."

How it works is selected parolees and probationers will get a voucher for a free work attire, and can head to any of the Goodwill stores in Western Maryland.

The vouchers have no expiration dates and are able to be used at all 17 of the area's stores.

"Obviously when they come out of incarceration, we want to make sure they don't go back," said John McCain, CEO of Horizon Goodwill. "Getting and keeping a job makes it likely that they won't go back."

Parole and Probation in Hagerstown is handing out the vouchers starting on Thursday.


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