On July 24th the Valley Blue Sox and Center for Human Development honored Matthew Bess with the Game Changer Award at the Valley Blue Sox Military Appreciation home game. The Game Changer award recognizes the efforts of individuals in the Western Mass community who are voluntarily putting their time and talents to use in order to improve the situations and circumstances for those truly in need of help. Matthew Bess is a hardworking Home Depot manager, co-worker, friend and family man. Many do not see the hours he spends volunteering at Center for Human Development’s DYS facility to help incarcerated youth learn vocational skills. Matthew’s work has helped change the lives of youths in the Western Mass area.
Center for Human Development’s Juvenile Justice Programs help youth who have been incarcerated successfully return to the community: as students, sons and daughters, workers and productive citizens. Our staff works hard to create connections with them, to focus on each person’s strengths as individuals, their hopes and dreams, and to build empathy and remorse. We give youth the opportunity to unlock their strengths, to experience success. Our goal is for each youth to sense the future as full of possibility, and by working with each individual, to change the community as well: increasing safety, decreasing costs and helping people make positive life changes one at a time.
Matthew is one of many volunteers who work in our DYS facility and Juvenile Justice Programs. We are honored to have him as a part of our CHD family, and to have honored him the Game Changer Award.
For more information on our Juvenile Justice Programs: http://chd.org/child-adolescent-and-family-services/juvenile-justice/