Graduate Spotlight: Alisha Scales

How did you find TPOM?

I was at the West Tennessee facility and my counselor there recommended TPOM.

What were some of your concerns when you arrived?

At first, I was overwhelmed with everything and frustrated that I didn’t have any transportation. But TPOM helped me in so many ways: setting up food stamps until I was working, securing a Social Security card, giving me a bus pass and teaching me how to use the bus to get to work. I decided to give it a chance–and then I determined to finish when I got to know people and realized that they had my best interests at heart. We had such a wonderful house mom who would get out of bed to save me if I needed her.

How has your work experience been?

I quickly started at Industrial with day labor and then got a chance to go to Kabinart to make cabinets where some of the other women work. It’s been a good job. I’ve gotten a promotion and have done well. Fred was so helpful with the job and Ashley actually got on the bus with me to navigate that first ride.

What do people need to understand about incarceration?

The hardest thing for me was missing my family. I was so glad that my family was able to come see me graduate.

What goals do you have for the future?

I struggled with a long addiction and I want to continue to be clean. I want to get trained as a drug counselor or serve as a mentor who can help people.

What advice would you give to people considering the program at TPOM?

I would tell them that it’s a very structured, spiritual, life-changing experience. I would recommend it to anyone considering a reentry program.

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