Now You Did Your Time What Next
You served your time, You have decided to put your past behind you and move on to be a productive member of society. You are living with family or friends until you get on your feet. You need to find employment and save some money to get an apartment, car to get back and forth to work . Your feeling good and you pump yourself up and say I am going to make it this time. Then the problem arises you go to fill out an application for employment and that dreaded question is right in you face. Have you ever been convicted of a felony? You stop and think do I say no just to get the job but what if they find out later and fire me or do I be honest and say that I am convicted felon. Even though most companies will tell you that it doesn't matter, It Does. You know you are qualified, your eager to show the world you can do it. But it just doesn't happen. Even the minimum wage jobs are turning you down because of your felony. Day in and day out the same thing happens over and over. You start getting frustrated, people start thinking that you are lazy not applying yourself. You start to think the same thing and soon you start to panic. Your mind goes back to the way you were prior going to jail. I can make money if I did the same thing before. This time I know what I did wrong and wont get caught. But you know deep down inside that it is only a matter of time before you get caught and the cycle starts once again. But what about this, this time instead of getting frustrated there was a place to turn to, a place to get the help that you need and deserve. May it be counseling, job placement or training for a new job. Someone that just understands what you are going through. That is what we are trying to accomplish with Ex-Offenders Advocacy. We are looking for funding to get this kind of place started in North East Pennsylvania. But we need your help, we need you to tell us your story. May it be white collar, blue collar or green collar we need you to help us help you. If we can get you to email us and we get enough of them we can go to our representatives and show them that there is a real need for these kind of services right here in our backyard. Of course this will not happen overnight, but you will be helping people down the road from going through what you are going through right now. Sort of like paying it forward. So if you know someone that is an ex offender having this kind of trouble or it is you that are having this problem please email us at ExOffenderAdvocacy@yahoo.com tell us your story. We can win this battle if we can stick together and let our voices be heard. It only takes a minute to shoot out an email that can have a great impact for all of us. If you are reading this then it is something that has effected you or a loved one. please tell your friends about this because we need your e-mails. It doesn't cost anything to tell us your story just a little time .