2nd Quarter Newsletter

Published On: July 5, 2023|Categories: Newsletter|

We Love Our Volunteers

This month we had the honor of celebrating volunteers and mentors who make a difference in our organization. We joined Celebrate Recovery and Exodus Ministries at Fairdale Christian Church for this fun-filled event. Darryll was submerged in a dunk tank multiple times and families enjoyed the bounce houses, games, food, and music! Mentor and volunteer David S. was awarded the TPH Heart of the Ministry Award for his years of dedication, passion, and overflowing love for the least of these. We are thankful to be surrounded by so many wonderful people.

Mentor Teaches Goal Setting

Denise shared how mentors can encourage mentees.

Mentees Serving Mentees

Tim delivered basic need items to those recently released.

Donated Furniture

Isaiah was able to furnish his living room because of your generosity!

Help in Time of Need

Keith Knuckles Celebrates His Health

After 17 years, 8 months, and 20 days, Keith was a free man. He also had the opportunity to meet his mentor of 2 years, Josh. “You feel dehumanized in prison with the way you’re treated, and having a mentor connection on the outside makes you feel like a person again.” Keith shared, “He offered prayer and kept me grounded because it’s easy to get caught up with what happens in there and to give in to low self esteem. He helped me keep things in perspective.” He also mentioned that meeting other TPH mentees while in prison gave them each a sense of community and fellowship they craved and makes a difference in preparing them for re-entry.

What Keith didn’t know, was that shortly after release he would be battling cancer for the second time.

“TPH has been there for me in ways I can’t imagine and I don’t even know where to start to share how amazing they have been.” Case Manager Glenda set up transportation with volunteers so Keith didn’t have to take the bus to and from treatments. It would have caused a ripple effect of issues if he was waiting in the sun for the bus and sitting around so many people. TPH also found someone to clean his apartment and because of donors, TPH was able to assist him with rent. “These services have been tremendous, just like the counseling I’ve received. Things could have been so much worse if people weren’t so willing to help.
I’ve connected with people and built friendships now.”

Keith shared that when the community takes an active role in re-entry, they’re in the driver seat and people feel more comfortable with the formerly incarcerated being released. “It also empowers people. Even if you’re in there a short time, you have a label and there’s so much change on the outside. Community involvement gives us a sense of hope that we can make it and will not return. When we feel welcomed we don’t feel pressure to go back to what we’ve known in prison. I heard it all the time from guys on the yard when they returned after being released. This is what they need.”

Keith has finished all of his treatments and is thankful for the volunteers and his wonderful doctors. TPH will continue to walk with him on his healing journey.

Keith is pictured in the center, grey shirt, with some of the volunteers that assisted him during his treatment.

Did you know we also serve families of the incarcerated?

When a loved one is incarcerated, a family is left in a state of chaos and shock. An income has been lost, childcare may now look different, emotions are high, and the future is uncertain. They often come to us looking for budgeting assistance, counseling, and help finding new employment or an affordable place to live. Troy S. Recently met the need of one such family, a mother with 6 children. Basic needs for the home, food on the table, and hope! To make a donation for our families, visit www.theprisonershope.life!

We would love to hear your mentee, mentor, volunteer, or donor story! To share a few sentences or a few paragraphs, please email lindsey@theprisonershope.life.

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