BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN
Journal Staff Writer
A multicultural celebration that encompassed Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanuka took place in the lobby of the Juvenile Justice Center, 1801 Spielbusch Ave. on Wednesday, December 20. With the theme, “Peace on Earth,” organizers wanted the public to know that the court system, and affiliated entities are there to help.
Sponsored by Center of Hope, Lucas County Juvenile Court System, and the Family Navigator Program, various stations were set up in the lobby in which families could visit, and do hands on activities. A few of those stations included cookie decorating, arts and crafts, various games, and visiting Santa Clause.
Dr. Tracy Perryman, founder and director of Center of Hope, spearheaded the event. She told The Toledo Journal that they wanted families to be able to interact with administration from the court, as well as other agencies that work within the court system, in a relax, and positive environment, during the holiday season.
“Many people may not be able to celebrate the holidays, like it’s traditionally done, so we want to provide a festive environment for families,” she said.
Greeting the families on a personal basis was Judge Denise Navarre Cubbon, lead judge at the Lucas County Juvenile Court. She said, “I want people to feel comfortable, and to know that we’re here to help them establish a healthy environnment.”
“I think this is a really nice event,” said Sharon Spinks. “This gathering and celebration is really good this time of the year,” she said.