On acold Chicago day in 2006, Susan Trieschmann and other students in her community college class visited a juvenile detention facility. She listened to a group of young men talk about broken homes, troubled families and lost opportunities. “I heard their stories and listened with my heart,” Trieschmann says. “And I couldn’t get that out of my head.”
Those stories became her obsession. “I kept visiting the same theme,” says Trieschmann, who previously had run a successful catering business. “Our kids are getting arrested at an incredible rate. They’re getting incarcerated at an incredible rate.”
Trieschmann’s own childhood struggles stirred her empathy, and her work experience helped her come up with a way to turn lives around.