By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — Seven men graduated from Kosciusko County’s Jail Chemical Addiction Program during a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
JCAP was launched in 2018 to address substance abuse issues suffered by many jail inmates and involves participation in classes covering areas such as physical fitness, spirituality, life skills, leadership and financial counseling.
Graduates from Kosciusko County’s 15th JCAP class were: David Shadd, Donald Chadwick, Corey Jent, Kenneth Graff, Corey Morgan, Chris Castle, and Tyler Crittendon.
The graduates’ families, and mentors who taught the men during their time in JCAP, were in attendance.
Kosciusko County Sheriff Jim Smith commended the men for their hard work in completing JCAP.
“Because you’re sitting here today, that’s evidence that you did all that hard work,” said Smith. “You decided that it’s time for a change and I couldn’t be more proud of you guys.”
Smith recalled one night where he and KCSO Deputy Dan Buell spoke with the men about their experiences and discussed what success looks like.
“Don’t compare your success to other people,” said Smith to the graduates. “Every day that you’re sober, in my opinion, is a successful day. You have a full community that supports you.”
JCAP Coordinator Casey Trombley said she was inspired by the graduates’ growth during the 16-week program.
“Seeing them set goals for their future, build relationships, and create a positive support network around them is incredible,” said Trombley. “They’re very motivated and want to change and want to do well.”
All seven graduates focused their speeches on thanking those who provided them with mentoring, teaching and programming through JCAP.
“The program has helped me identify the reasons I used drugs and taught me how to create safe boundaries,” said JCAP Graduate Tyler Crittendon. “This program also gave me the tools, resources, and skills I need to be a sober, productive member of our community. I’m ready to live a life I have not yet lived.”
“There was a time in my life where I felt isolated due to grief I was unable to process and I thought I never would be able to break that cycle,” said JCAP Graduate David Shadd. “But I look around and see so many people who have been there for us.”
During the ceremony, the graduates received CPR certifications and certificates recognizing their completion of JCAP from Smith, Trombley, and KCSO Chief Deputy Chris McKeand. Six of the graduates also received logistics certifications from Barry Sisson with Warsaw Adult Education. Jent also received his GED.
Kosciusko County’s 15th JCAP ceremony was live streamed and can be viewed on the KCSO Facebook page.