Episode 8: Overcome trauma and directionless. Great, but how?

Personal sexual trauma, physical and mental abuse, substance abuse, no boundaries; and those who are supposed to guide you condone it all, or utterly reject and abandon you. All by the time your 17.

How would you know what to do?

What would you choose to do?

These aren’t excuses, they are realities, and they do play a factor in influencing your decisions.

So what makes the difference, what makes the change?

Repentance, Responsibility, Reprogramming, and Accountability.

Repentance in turning from yourself and turning to God; for healing, direction, and love. Responsibility in taking ownership for the decisions and actions you have, and will, take. Reprogramming, because your brain will rewire itself in what you train it to do, meditate on, seek after. And accountability, because without those around us to help us in our new path, it is all to easy to fall back into old habits and ways.

This is Brian’s Re-entry journey. Help him spread the word, and support, to create more opportunities to see others like Brian be successful in Re-entry.

Episode 7: Why and How, not as important as Who

We have heard from those who have reentered and been redeemed, even one (Rachel) who has transitioned to a life calling aiding those reentering and revitalizing as she has. But, what of those who’s life’s passion is solely wanting to see lives changed, willing to do it consistently within the system as well as after reentry, and not even get paid for it?

This is the story of Bill Curry, a state awarded VOLUNTEER chaplain and incarcerated veteran non profit program creator, who works alongside CoG to see it’s mission fulfilled by working with inmates starting where they are (in the prisons) and continuing with them all the way through the reentry process.

It’s not glamorous, its not easy, and it takes years to gain the experience, and trust, with the inmates to do it well. And as Bill testifies passionately, it is the difference of who is running the programs more than the why and how that gives you any chance of empowering those reentering to succeed.