RICHARD WAS RELEASED FROM PRISON THREE MONTHS AGO. While incarcerated, he worked hard to become a better person, and now he’s ready for a fresh start. But everyone he meets disappears as soon as they find out about his past. Joe wonders, “Why won’t anyone give me a chance to prove I’ve changed?”
ROBERT GOT INVOLVED IN DRUGS AND GANG VIOLENCE WHEN HE WAS YOUNG. Now he’s behind bars, but his lifestyle hasn’t changed. He’s still getting into fights and sneaking drugs. Robert wishes he could shake off the anger and sober up, but he doesn’t even know where to begin.
These aren’t just stories. HOPE House of Tacoma meets people in these situations every day. Chances are you’ve met them too. The 700,000 men and women that our criminal justice system releases from prison each year return to communities around the country—including yours. The numbers are staggering:
Without your help, these numbers will continue to grow. Roberts’s violent habits will hurt more people and Joe will lose hope, return to his old ways, and end up back in prison.