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Next Step Program Newsletter!
Here you will find messages from our Next Step Coordinator and real life testimonials from past and present clients. We all struggle at one point or another, however, it is the journey that is different for all of us. We hold no judgementsl, only compassion. Enjoy the read!
Next Step Fall Newsletter 2021
Last month marked Next Step’s 20th anniversary! Sr. Carol and her four ‘founding fathers’ went to a restaurant back in August 2001 in the spirit of supporting one another through the uncertainties of life outside of prison. With such humble beginnings, who would have thought all these years later that it would have evolved into a non-profit organization like Future Hope!
This celebration was tempered, however, by the loss of Sr. Carol and Fr. Dave earlier in the spring 2021. We are still figuring out what life means without their guidance and wisdom to draw upon. This summer we also said goodbye to another friend of Future Hope, Noah. He was a member almost 10 years ago and lived at Quixote House. He was quite a charismatic guy, and was never single for long! Being a sensitive person with a great sense of humour, he will be missed.
It has been some time since we’ve given an update of our members and alumni. Erv is busy in school getting a certificate in welding. Frank is taking a money managing workshop through SEED and says he is learning so much. Grant found work with a roofing company and says he very much enjoys the people he is working with. Hal has been struggling with some health issues but hopes to join us again soon now that we are meeting in person. Qualmus was very excited to tell us that he applied for a job and then felt disappointed when they didn’t hire him due to his record. He says he will keep trying though.
Hope you enjoy the two newest
testimonials from Ice & Jay.
Testimonial by Ice & Jay - new
Testimonial by Hal
Testimonial by Grant
Zacharias dropped in one Thursday night to visit. He has a small apartment and a cat named Oscar. He says after 40 years of being in and out of prison, he is finally content with his life. He has a church community and new friends that make his life fulfilling. Sometimes life is hard, he admits but says adamantly that he never wants to go back to his old life. He brought the gift of hope to the men in group that night.
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Zacharias and the men at Massie Apartments show our current members what life can look like after incarceration. And our members are taking the message to heart. We have a remarkably stable group of guys right now and their commitment to a better life has remained strong over the spring and summer. We currently have 7 members coming from the community but no one from the prison yet. As the guys are released, I meet with them and later introduce them to group. It is not our preferred process but under the circumstances, it seems to be working. Just recently we started meeting in person at Quixote House again, with some Zooming in. We will try this approach for a while to see what happens. Visits with the guys in the prison have continued to be via WebEx.
Our volunteers have hung in there, too. Along with group, we had an in-person, socially distanced meeting in the park. The theme of the meeting was View from the Bridge. The volunteers were updated on the capacity-building activities over the last year. There was also an opportunity to receive their feedback and thoughts about the future. It was a successful morning, made even more so by Sr. Peter’s homemade muffins!
In conclusion, we thank Holy Rosary Parish and the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for their donations to Next Step this summer. In addition, we at Future Hope have been incredibly blessed by the support of many people and organizations like yours. Your financial support and love have sustained us all of the 20 years and for this, we are profoundly grateful!
Kind regards and Happy Thanksgiving to all,
Pain has a way of clipping our wings and keeping us from being able to fly; and if left unresolved for very long, you can almost forget that you were ever created to fly in the first place. The song begins again each day which had been stopped only an instant, though it seems to be unsung forever. We cannot think ourselves into new ways of living, however, we can live ourselves into new ways of thinking. Do not get discouraged, to fail or to fall is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.
Source: Paul Young
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