Gwen Caldwell’s Pay It Forward Campaign – From Behind The Wall – 28 May 2013

From Behind the Wall

Helping those leaving prison and jail meet their goals and needs to be successful in returning to their communities and familes.

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Short Summary

Hello!  Thank you for taking the time to review my project. I am a community activist and radio talk show host.  I live in an area where many men and women are being released from jails and prisons that have no where to go and no way to improve the situations that sent them to jail to begin with.

I believe that by having a support network and the proper tools, clothing, food, shelter and transportation they have a higher success rate in moving back into a community and family situation.  Generally, when prisoners are released they get a bus ticket and 100.00 to start over.

Many of the men are not making child support payments while incarserated, so upon their release they cannot even get a driver license to drive to work to pay the child support.  It is a horrible and sometimes overwhelming catch 22 they find themselves in upon having served their time.

I don’t want people who steal or sell drugs, because they can’t make a legitimate living moving into my neighborhood and neither does anyone else! If we can help provide tools for a great start and some hope I think we can change this situation one prisoner at a time!

What We Need & What You Get

All donations will go to direct support of those being released by way of clothing needed for job interviews, transportation to job interviews, make sure they have a prepaid cell phone for prospetive employers to contact them, healthy food, and shelter.  Even if that shelter is temporary, so that they have a means to shower, shave and sleep until they are able to get employment and find permenant housing.

Any donation will get a personal thank you/project update letter.

Any donation of 100.00 or more will recieve the above and receive a pair of Native American beaded earrings made by a current or former prisoner.

All donations of 1,000.00 or more will recieve the above and have their name put in a drawing for a handmade Native American star quilt.

The Impact

A 2002 study survey showed that among nearly 275,000 prisoners released in 1994, 67.5% were rearrested within 3 years, and 51.8% were back in prison. Those crimes are being committed in our communities.  I believe that with the right tools and resources we can have a huge impact on these numbers.

We are willing to work directly with probation and parole officers if needed to fill in financial gaps that may be present, limitations for employment, etc.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you support this project, but are unable to donate at this time, please consider helping with similar projects in your own communities. And forward this message to others that maybe able to help us or within their own communities. / Link to article


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