How did you find TPOM?
I heard about TPOM in a class taught by Marshall Danby and Tim Hall. I knew I wanted a Christian-based program.
Did you have anything you were worried about when you got there?
After 33 years behind bars, I was apprehensive about everything. I realized real quick how much I didn’t know. But I found out these people really care. If not for them, I don’t know if I would have made it. If (Governor) Bill Lee wants to see a great program, I hope he’ll be able to come see this one.
How did TPOM help?
Information! They gave me the information I needed. I didn’t know how to use a phone. I didn’t know how to ride a bus. I found out about the work training programs and the jobs that were available. I did factory work for most of my time here, but the last two months I’ve done food preparation in a restaurant and even some maintenance they needed. TPOM helped me with everything I’ve done and I’m so thankful for all they’ve done.
What role did faith play in your life in prison and now?
Everyone needs religion. I didn’t have it as a kid, but later I realized that God had spared me. When I figured that out, I started living a different life.
What comes next for you?
I’m getting my parole transferred to Virginia and headed back to where my family lives. I’m enrolled there to get my CDL. I like the idea of driving cross-country and making $1,700 per week.
What advice do you have for others who might be thinking about reentry?
Try TPOM. I’m telling everyone I know that if they’re serious about succeeding, come to TPOM. They go so above and beyond what they have to do to help someone.
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