Elizabeth Mayrose – Ronald McDonald House Volunteer

While most of us struggle to find enough hours, there are always those that seem to have a knack for finding a couple of extra hours in the day.

Elizabeth Mayrose, Prepaid Coordinator-Technical Support at Global Tel*Link, is one of those people.

In addition to her hectic work schedule with GTL, Elizabeth somehow finds the time to volunteer with the Ronald McDonald house in Mobile, Alabama as well as organizing a highly successful annual fundraiser called Girls Just Want to Have Fun.

The Ronald McDonald house is a nationwide charity which provides temporary accommodation for the families of children that are being treated in nearby hospitals. These houses, in their own words, are “built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal, or where they will lay their head at night to rest”.

While Elizabeth’s experience with the Ronald McDonald House is partly informed by her experiences as a volunteer, she also has an extremely personal connection to the Mobile, Alabama chapter.

When Elizabeth’s daughter suffered a very serious head injury in January of 2008, it meant that Elizabeth spent many days, and nights, in her daughter’s hospital room. Although an extremely difficult experience, this extended stay in the hospital allowed Elizabeth to meet a number of other families who traveled from all over the country to take advantage of the level of care that the hospital could offer their children. Many of these families were housed in the Ronald McDonald house and the monumental importance of this charitable support system was eye opening for Elizabeth and her family.

Now, Elizabeth joins the Ronald McDonald house as a volunteer and organizer. She can sometimes be found helping to serve dinners to the residents, but more often her efforts are focused on organization and execution of the charitable auction she chairs.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun is a 6 year old fundraiser that auctions off gently used purses which have been donated to the event. Elizabeth serves as the primary organizer and under her leadership, and her husband’s lighting design, the event continues to grow every year. In past years, it has raised an astonishing $30-35,000 for the Ronald McDonald House, but Elizabeth hopes to surpass that goal this year.

“This event is so important to keeping the Ronald McDonald House up and running. It provides a crucial service for the people travelling to Mobile for medical treatment for their children and I want to do my part to assist the House in helping as many people as possible.”

The next Girls Just Want to Have Fun auction takes place on September 10, 2015. If you are interested in learning more about this amazing event or even to make a donation, please visit their website at www.rmhcmobile.org/girls-just-wanna-have-fun.

Elizabeth is a fantastic role model that selflessly helps those around her. Elizabeth, GTL applauds your work and thanks you for your continued service to the company and your community!

Elizabeth Mayrose – Ronald McDonald House Volunteer

In the push to reduce the recidivism rate, correctional facilities are moving away from a traditional layout to one that is designed for inclusiveness and keeping inmates engaged with outside society. Studies have shown that maintaining a support structure is a key component to keeping inmates on the right path to successful reintegration into society after release. In Australia, a new maximum security prison opened this year that includes no cells. Instead, inmates are housed in dormitory-style accommodations with 25 inmates in 16 ‘pods’ that offer more access to education, entertainment, and communication with friends and families. This novel move seeks to enhance inmates’ daily lives by making these services more accessible and improve re-integration into society. Inmates have access to technology that connects them with friends and family members, news, books, movies, education, games, and more. They are required to work for up to five hours during the day and pursue education and other programs in the remaining time. This progressive approach aligns with GTL’s vision of technology and education being available to every inmate. “GTL has the technology portfolio to enable correctional facilities to execute their strategies,” said Gad Tobaly, President, GTL International. “Whether those strategies are similar to the open-plan jail approach or focus on a more traditional environment, we offer the innovations to help facilities become safer and more secure while providing inmates with access to programs that improve their lives during and after incarceration.” GTL creates new technologies and advocates for tablets, education, and other programs to help reduce recidivism rates. “These new facilities highlight the need for technology in corrections,” said Eric Gonzalez, Executive Director, Technology and Implementation Services. “Today’s inmates are digital natives, having grown up in the age of computers, cell phones, tablets, and more. It is only logical that providing them with technology and programs to learn and better themselves through those access points is the direction that corrections is taking.” As part of GTL’s ongoing mission to keep our offerings in line with global corrections trends, the company will once again be a sponsor at the International Corrections & Prisons Association (ICPA) Annual Conference. This year’s conference is being held at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal, Canada. The conference theme of “Beyond Prisons: The Way Forward” will draw discussion on the underpinning philosophies, strategic direction, policies, and practices being instituted across the globe. More than 500 delegates from over 70 countries attend this prestigious conference. GTL and two collaborating organizations will present on two topics that relate to the use of technology in aiding the corrections and criminal justice systems. “Transforming the Inmate Environment: How and Why Facilities are Implementing Tablet Programs” will discuss how technology is used to humanize correctional efforts and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. “Virtual-Enabled Justice: Delivering Swifter Outcomes and Improved Victim and Witness Experience” will discuss the use of technology to create ‘virtual courts’ that fuel efficiency, safety, and security, and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 3:30 p.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. To learn more about our technology solutions, contact GTL today.