On Friday, April 28th, 2017 George Youngblood, CEO of Teen and Family Services interviewed Regina Hasan, Managing Executive Officer of Unlimited Visions Aftercare for Teen and Family Services’ monthly Facebook live.
Regina gave George a tour of the Unlimited Visions Recovery and Wellness Center, which was created and designed by UVA’s founder and CEO, Marilyn Jones. The Center is UVA’s opportunity to be a place of support in the community for both young people and adults.
Regina has been a part of the Unlimited Visions team for over 12 years. She is a tireless advocate for bringing services to the youth in the inner-city. Regina states that “initially, when recovery support services were discussed, it always seemed out of reach for the inner-city population.” Regina’s efforts have gone on for decades.
Even if families want to get access, it’s like a “recovery desert” sometimes. But with the work that Unlimited Visions is doing, we are starting to see kids from all different areas coming into the recovery community.
The recovery movement, particularly the adolescent recovery movement, has been getting a lot of attention. Regina shared a little bit about her frustration with the attention that the recovery movement is getting and the efforts being made in some of the more inner-city neighborhoods.
“I do believe we’ve made strides in [offering more services to the inner-city]. This building, this center, is an example of that. We are moving in the right direction but there’s still a lot to be done as far as making sure that those resources are available for inner-city kids and their families. I guess the frustrating part is that like with everything else is that progress takes time”, says Regina.