Homelessness, Social Services & the United Way
Being released from prison in Georgia is a funny nightmare. That's only if you have a residence to parole out to that is. If not, it's hard to find a place. Since my Dad passed while I was in there (Rest in Peace Pop) I didn't have anywhere to go. I wrote churches and asked if they could help provide a place for me to live once released. Thank God I got a couple replies. At release I got a bus ticket, Department of Corrections identification card, my S.S. card and $20.00. Yea, not exactly all the essentials, which could at least have been a Georgia identification card so I could get a job and cash a check from a job. A Marta card would've been nice too. But I don't want to ask for too much.
So I'm out - fresh out. I ended up at a shelter in Covington, GA. Best part, unbeknownst to me, was I didn't have to pay to be there for 90 days. I was in the ReEntry Program and the Georgia Department of Corrections paid for it. Great! Thank you. My family in Georgia were preoccupied at this time. Finding work was a job in itself. But I did. Next, I had to get back to the big city where more resources were at. I got dropped off at Peachtree & Pine; the worst shelter in Atlanta, GA first, then the world. A traumatizing and disgusting experience. I spent one night there. (That shelter has been closed down recently to give you an idea.)
The next day, Salvation Army here I come. It was the best shelter in Atlanta downtown. And surprisingly they had a ReEntry Program too. Super cool. Now I could "move around," as my family would say. The goals were food stamps, renewing my drivers license, my college degree copy and transcript, my birth certificate, opening a bank account and a job. The last two seemed nearly impossible with the current system of things. Or not with any ease at least. Banks wouldn't allow me to get a regular checking account. While I was in prison I became a victim of identity theft. Yea. But I just kept trying to get back on my feet despite all these hurdles.
Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Is-ra-el, who only doeth wondrous things.
PSALM 72:18 King James Version
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