Dick Devos Contributions to Revitalization and Education

Dick Devos has a long history of charity and community improvement projects. Most recently, the family foundation he and his wife started was one of the organizations or individuals to contribute $1 million to the Kennedy Center. The Kennedy Center has accepted donations in plans for expansion, adding new pavilions, a bridge which will link the center to the riverfront, and new spaces for education, offices, dining and rehearsal. Devos’ million dollar donation, along with many other contributors of equal or even higher amounts, will set the stage for the Kennedy Center to excel in its role as an arts center.

Exceeding its original goal of $125 million, the campaign for the expansion has now raised $135.9 million and counting. Built in 1971 and welcoming approximately 3 million visitors per year, the center is a widely cherished spot for education; likely, the reason why the entire project will be able to be funded by contributions. Humanitarians out there are seeing the ways that they can help people in the community, by providing ways for our children to develop hobbies and interests that will help them to lead fuller lives.

Contributions to campaigns such as this, ones that are truly for all of the people, are what make wealthier humanitarians so important in my opinion and in the opinion of many. Devos has contributed to and founded other similar projects, particularly in the Grand Rapids area. Here he has led improvements in the downtown area and in the community’s healthcare. Such examples include a $75 million arena, a $212 million dollar convention center, and a $30 million market for the city’s downtown; alongside a heart hospital and a medical school for the area totaling $220 million together. I personally have a passion for downtown revitalization projects in any city, as I believe they are crucial for reducing crime by improving quality of life.

Since the beginning of the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation, Devos and his wife have supported a magnitude of organizations that I find to have very positive impacts. This includes their own Devos Institute of Art Management, to help sustain the institutions that nourish young artists, Project Clarity and the Inner City Christian Federation, which fund for clean water and better housing, respectively, and last, the West Michigan Aviation Academy, for young pilots.

 

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Securus Technologies Has Become an Officers Most Trusted Resource

To better understand why Securus Technologies is an officers most trusted resource, you need to know why officers needed this technology in the first place. I am currently employed in a Florida state prison, and I know first-hand how volatile working conditions have become inside a crowded jail. As each year passes, I have seen violence escalate to the point these inmates feel like they are running the facility and not the other way around.

 

The reason we decided to reach out to Securus Technologies is because the recent explosion in drugs use in our jail has given the inmates an unfair advantage. These inmates get high, then they attack other inmates or officers and make it very difficult to gain control of the situation without anyone getting hurt. If we could somehow slow down or stop the flow of illegal drugs into the jail, we would then be in a better position to take back control.

 

Securus Technologies is responsible for creating a call monitoring system that is changing the way that officers are able to monitor jail activity. In the recent past, officers would be stuck in a small room having to manually listen to the inmates on the phones. Now, the Securus Technologies system gives us the chance to get back on the front-lines while the LBS software is scanning each call for any mention of drugs, weapons, or contraband.

 

Here is how the monitoring system is able to help in real-time. The LBS software alerted us that an inmate was trying to get his family to sneak in a few bottles of prescription medication to him. Had we not intercepted that guest and confiscate those drugs, they would have been sold inside to inmates, many would have had reactions and acted out, putting everyone at risk of getting harmed.