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JetBlue comes through for Red Hook

Jet Blue donated new computers to the Justice Center's computer lab, used for youth programs

Thanks to Jet Blue, one of the final missing pieces of the Justice Center's post-Hurricane Sandy recovery has been set in place. As this blog has detailed, our lower level was inundated with over five feet of seawater during the storm, and had to be completely gutted and rebuilt. Though it has certainly been a community-wide effort by all of the organizations that call this former Catholic school home to share resources and support each other in the recovery process, perhaps no group was more affected than our youth programs staff and participants, as their offices and the majority of their community spaces are located on our lower level. One of the most devastating impacts of the storm was the loss of our computer lab, a crtical resource used by many of our youth programs, including our JustArts photography program, our Make your Mark! drawing program, and many others. Yesterday, staff from Jet Blue delivered and set up fourteen new laptops in our renovated computer lab space, restoring a vital piece of our ability to serve youth in our community. As a bonus, they also brought along their famous blue chips to give out as snacks to participants in our youth programs!

Take a look below at a few photos of this great event:

Before and after: A view of the Justice Center's basement immediately following Hurricane Sandy, and a new laptop ready to be used by youth in our programs (plus a snack!)
Judge Calabrese thanks Jet Blue staff, and underscores the importance of our computer lab to the Red Hook community


Major thanks to Center for Court Innovation Senior Research Associate Suvi Hynynen Lambson and her husband Paul Lambson (center), Manager, Revenue Analysis at JetBlue Airways, for arranging the donation, and to the rest of the Jet Blue crew who came out to help.
AmeriCorps members and interns working with our youth justice programs helped Jet Blue staff set up the room to best serve youth
Deputy Chief Clerk Toni Bullock-Stallings is especially excited about Jet Blue's donation of blue chips

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