Resident Spotlight: Pebbles Garner

How did you find TPOM?

I heard about TPOM from Tim Hall when he came to the Johnson City Jail.


What were some of your concerns when you arrived?

After being in jail for almost four years, I was nervous. But as soon as I got to TPOM, I got the clothes I needed, shoes, food, clean sheets, hygiene items, and other supplies. I was working within a week in a job through the SNAP program and then got a job I really like making doggie treats for Bark Bistro.


Tell us about your spiritual journey.

I did a lot of the New Life Behavior lessons and earned 360 Bible certificates. I fought for two years during COVID to get the church in so I could be baptized. I helped a group of four, then a group of eleven women to be baptized. Being a Christian means that I don’t have to get high. It helps me to show respect toward authority figures and keep doing what I need to do.


What do people need to understand about incarceration?

People should understand that some incarcerated people do want to change. A great support system makes that possible.


What goals do you have for the future?

I’m enrolled in the cosmetology course at Tennessee College of Applied Technology to have an additional skill. I want to go see my 14-year-old son in Florida. I just want to keep doing what I need to do.


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

TPOM was the best thing I could have done. They helped me with my driver’s license, got fines paid, and so much more. Everyone here is wonderful and they have been a real blessing. For anyone who wants to start fresh, this is the place.

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