“When I was released from prison, I was met with one barrier after another from day one. The transitional housing program I had been accepted to fell through. I was released without the normal documents the Texas Department of Criminal Justice usually provides (a state identification card, birth certificate, and social security card), and I had nothing but the clothes on my back. I had no transportation, no family in the area, and was feeling discouraged.

I reached out to The Way Back and from that first phone call, the staff has gone above and beyond. They have been there every step of the way. From helping me obtain housing, to providing me with food, clothing, hygiene items, work boots, bus passes, and ordering my birth certificate, they have made sure I have what I need to be successful. I don’t know where I would be or what life might look like right now had The Way Back not been there.

I have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful that I have maintained my sobriety after being an addict for 30 years.  I am thankful for second chances that allow me to be a productive citizen who is now focused on encouraging others and bringing good to the world around me.

If there is one thing I am most thankful for, it is The Way Back.  Early on, when things weren’t going right with my reentry, they were there to encourage me and guide me. When I overcame obstacles that seemingly came out of nowhere, they celebrated with me. I have people in my corner, who have been there for me from day one,  that have had genuine care and concern for my new life and this journey I am on.”