Jul 24, 15:56
A chapter closes..... but a new season starts. Only gratitude to LCCC, especially Exec Dir Kellie Gant-Bittorf, Dir Murphy and Supervisor Batchlor and Chief. Kellie you gave me a chance to keep things moving when I lost my office space in Miller. We knew it was temporary when you donated space to me, a lil sad the day has come. I'm psyched to see what God has already opened for me (just have to walk thru and into). Im pretty sure I made a few of the other Case workers cringe and sure one or two murmured "oh god here comes Roger" whats he want? (I think I could name you but do not have a release signed) ;) J/K. Anyways, it was awesome being inside up close with the men, although I have been in LCCC many many times (to many to count) prior to moving in, this season I got to appreciate a bit more of what your staff tends too on the regular and my hat is off to all of you. You are all amazing in your own way, dedicated to the betterment and transition of those in re-entry. My office is cleared out now and stored at my Church making way for the new case workers there at LCCC. Special shout out to Chrissy, Judy, Natalie, Jake, Chase, Dustin, Tammy, Michael, Garrett, John, Rebecca, Darren, Apolonia, Loni, Missy and others I could go on, for all of your help <3. I will be working, for the men of course satellite for now. Please pray that the Lord opens the next door sooner than later. I have alot to finish before He calls me home...... In my Arnold voice..... I'll be Back :). God Bless you all!
Jul 21, 15:09
Very excited!! first I get to take LJ over for his permit. Released tomorrow this will be a help to him getting on the right track. From there I will be dropping the first load of re-purposed building materials to my partners at Steel City Salvage. This will be a new industry here in Gary and an opportunity for the men to learn a trade. Come if you are around at 1pm to share in the excitement 500 E 5th as we roll out the banner. If you have any building materials that can be re-purposed / re-used, reach out to me if they are items we are after we'll make arrangements to pick them up. Lets not throw Gary in the landfills, lets re-use it (y) Non-profit organization aims to deconstruct vacant Gary homes and recycle materials.
Jul 13, 03:27
Good evening, as a Board member at Brothers Keepers a shelter for indigent men in Gary, I have called a special meeting with Exec Dir Ms Edwards for tomorrow morning @ 10am at the shelter, she has accepted. I want to know more about what they need. Ms Edwards has dedicated a large part of her life to assisting the least of us. I'd be willing to bet that many of my readers know someone that might have gotten their start there. Folks she does not turn anyone down, lets not turn her down, you the public are invited. Brandon Bee Bowens, Joey Za, Del Campbell, it's on please stop in, lets go Gary.... 10am tomorrow...... Our future goal is to upgrade our services to include the list below and to have the capacity to expand our outreach community programs and so much more!
Jul 06, 15:15
Morning family, could use some prayer in 2 specific areas 1. Yesterday I was given notice that I must move my office from LCCC. They have been very generous in donating this space to me, but to make room for additional Case Workers I must move, this makes sense. They are looking to see if another location within LCCC is available. I would love to stay within the confines of the building if it is Gods will 2. Awhile back I reached out to The Meridian Hospitality Group LLC regarding putting some of my guys to work helping with the new development happening from the Lake to Aetna. The Group reached back to me and we have set a meeting for today at 11:30. I quote them " We want to see how we can work with you and your guys". This could be a very good opportunity for the men to get involved in restoring the Community that many have left, as well this is a sustainable opportunity and could provide years of work for the guys if we plan this right Thank you warriors <3
Jun 22, 04:36
Thanks Delta! What do you do? About seven years ago I formed It’s Gary’s Time Inc. a nonprofit whose mission is to assist re-entry residents in their transition back to
Jun 19, 04:18
What an awesome way to spend the afternoon / eve, sharing a movie some snacks and one on one time with my Mentees and The Lake County Mental Health Court participants. Thank you Judge Vasquez, Kellie Gant-Bittorf, Michael A Pirtle and Judy Danny Love for your dedication to reducing the number of those diagnosed with a Mental Illness behind bars
Jun 18, 05:02
It takes a man to be a Dad...... but unfortunately to many women are trying to fill the bill. Heres the deal Fathers 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census) – 5 times the average. 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average. 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average. (Center for Disease Control) 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes –14 times the average. (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26) 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average. (National Principals Association Report) Father Factor in Education – Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school. Children with Fathers who are involved are 40% less likely to repeat a grade in school. Children with Fathers who are involved are 70% less likely to drop out of school. Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to get A’s in school. Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to enjoy school and engage in extracurricular activities. 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes – 10 times the average. Father Factor in Drug and Alcohol Abuse – Researchers at Columbia University found that children living in two-parent household with a poor relationship with their father are 68% more likely to smoke, drink, or use drugs compared to all teens in two-parent households. Teens in single mother households are at a 30% higher risk than those in two-parent households. 70% of youths in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average. (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Sept. 1988) 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average. (Fulton Co. Georgia, Texas Dept. of Correction) Father Factor in Incarceration – Even after controlling for income, youths in father-absent households still had significantly higher odds of incarceration than those in mother-father families. Youths who never had a father in the household experienced the highest odds. A 2002 Department of Justice survey of 7,000 inmates revealed that 39% of jail inmates lived in mother-only households. Approximately forty-six percent of jail inmates in 2002 had a previously incarcerated family member. One-fifth experienced a father in prison or jail. Father Factor in Crime – A study of 109 juvenile offenders indicated that family structure significantly predicts delinquency. Adolescents, particularly boys, in single-parent families were at higher risk of status, property and person delinquencies. Moreover, students attending schools with a high proportion of children of single parents are also at risk. A study of 13,986 women in prison showed that more than half grew up without their father. Forty-two percent grew up in a single-mother household and sixteen percent lived with neither parent Father Factor in Child Abuse – Compared to living with both parents, living in a single-parent home doubles the risk that a child will suffer physical, emotional, or educational neglect. The overall rate of child abuse and neglect in single-parent households is 27.3 children per 1,000, whereas the rate of overall maltreatment in two-parent households is 15.5 per 1,000. Daughters of single parents without a Father involved are 53% more likely to marry as teenagers, 711% more likely to have children as teenagers, 164% more likely to have a pre-marital birth and 92% more likely to get divorced themselves. Adolescent girls raised in a 2 parent home with involved Fathers are significantly less likely to be sexually active than girls raised without involved Fathers. 43% of US children live without their father [US Department of Census] 90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. [US D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census] 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes. [Criminal Justice & Behaviour, Vol 14, pp. 403-26, 1978] 71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father. [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release, Friday, March 26, 1999] 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. [US D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census] 85% of children who exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes. [Center for Disease Control] 90% of adolescent repeat arsonists live with only their mother. [Wray Herbert, “Dousing the Kindlers,” Psychology Today, January, 1985, p. 28] 71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. [National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools] 75% of adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes. [Rainbows f for all God’s Children] 70% of juveniles in state operated institutions have no father. [US Department of Justice, Special Report, Sept. 1988] 85% of youths in prisons grew up in a fatherless home. [Fulton County Georgia jail populations, Texas Department of Corrections, 1992] Fatherless boys and girls are: twice as likely to drop out of high school; twice as likely to end up in jail; four times more likely to need help for emotional or behavioral problems. [US D.H.H.S. news release, March 26, 1999] Moms its not your fault, it's not your job to be both, but thats what moms do.... "Fathers" step up, if you care about your blood... and your doing your part great, if not..........then try harder
Jun 10, 14:58
We can give a man a hammer and he might not know how to use it, but if we teach him how to hold it and the value of hitting the next nail, the skies the limit for him (I am living proof). These men are not throw aways, we know that of the 2.3 million U.S. inmates, 1.5 million suffer from substance abuse addiction. Another 458,000 inmates either had histories of substance abuse, Mental Illness or were under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at the time of committing their crimes. We know they either committed their offenses to get money to buy drugs; or were incarcerated for an alcohol or drug violation. Combined, the two groups make up 85 percent of the U.S. prison population This is one of the reasons I am taking 4 men out to meet Jim Musial and others and the great work they are doing at the Drug Free Partnership's event "The Fix". We know what the challenges are, we have the ability to stop all this killing. We must help break the stigma associated with these men by giving them the treatment and tools needed to be successful, whether it be a hammer or a book I have yet to hear one of my guys say "I can not want to go back to jail", but I have heard nearly every single one say "I need the right break". As a society we have narrowed their choices to the point where their options are limited, easily frustrated, lack of coping skills, and little or no Protective Factors provided these fellas, they go back to what was "working" in their minds. We will have a table set up come on out and get to know us will ya? Lets stop punishing symptoms - Lets treat causes!
Jun 08, 05:31
Okay family Porter County is getting hammered two more found dead today in a van in a parking lot there, overdose suspected. I'll have a table set up c'mon up and hang. Plenty happening, lots of information break out groups and support. Please come out for a little while and say hello find out what you can do to help. It's happening on Saturday 6/10 12-4 pm at Road to Life, 7056 W 450 N Michigan City IN 46360. We need all hands on deck hope to see you there.
May 30, 18:52
May 30, 18:50
Invest in yourself first........ Others will follow and do the same
May 30, 05:23
Bout ready to pack up my laptop and head on over to the office, gonna create a movie day for the men incarcerated with a Mental Illness. I'm feeling like I need to share with them some of what I like to do, and Lord willing it may lead to some deeper conversation and Breakthroughs. Prayers for the men would be greatly appreciated family
May 24, 07:42
C'mon prayer warriors my guy needs you more then ever right now OK?
I have been working with a Brother his mom and step dad for a few months now. They came to me because it is believed their son is innocent. He spent 16 years of his life behind bars. The family gave me a complete file of the case and although I am not a professional, I believe that "B" was made to be a fall guy and coerced into a plea. Below is the email I sent to my Innocence Project liaison
May 24, 06:57
Its getting real folks and summer is not even here yet! Sad news is there are opportunities we can create to help mend the brokenness in those pulling the trigger. Now it is time we get off our asses (there I said it), get out of our comfy lil boxes and get busy (apologies if I offended one of you)....... Now the good news, Prosecutor Carter has agreed to meet with me to discuss a plan I have to get the guns off the streets. I first took this plan over to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart who also pledged his support. I got a call / message from Mr Carters office but missed it. I expect to set meeting time tomorrow, if you think you want to help email me firstname.lastname@example.org. No BS please either you do or you don't, if you don't - don't waste my time with empty promises......... stay tuned GARY — A 28-year-old man was killed Tuesday morning in the city's second homicide within 24 hours.
Apr 27, 04:57
Apr 24, 17:17
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Apr 20, 05:39
Couple weeks ago I gave KC a drivers manual and told him "get your face in it in two weeks we're going in for your permit". So what can happen in the life of a 27 year old man that decides that some changes need to be made........ well lemme tell ya....... I'm happy to announce my mentee KC passed his permit today, only got 2 wrong. I was so proud of him man and I let him know it. As well as he did it made me think what would it look like to have a peer lead permit readiness course inside the work release? I shared the idea with KC and he can not wait to get started. We are running the idea past the admin there at the center..... stay tuned!
Apr 18, 06:33
Regarding "Steve" the man who killed the father and posted it on FB. First of all my condolences to the family, horrific at best, a good man was killed, and this touched my heart. Fewer Blacks then other populations are discussing their challenges with Mental Illness, this is a problem. To you who are of color, specifically the Afro American community, know that Mental Illness does not discriminate, know that it is not your fault if you have a Mental Illness, know that there is help. Now people....... if you know of someone who's activity, lifestyle or living situation seem to be a threat to either themselves or others, get with them, ask the hard questions, seek out professionals who can assist with an intervention. Let not the stigma associated with Mental Illness stop us from finding help for those who may be un-diagnosed. It takes more of a man to admit their needs than to fall victim to them. Let this situation be a wake up call for all of us, let not the death of this 74 year old father of 10 be in vain, thank you. Earlier this week, Dustin Dwyer brought us Brianna Darin's first-hand account of conquering depression. The high schooler shared the steps she took after
Apr 12, 14:24
Dude is spot on, pay attention! You want the lifestyle but you don't want to earn it - Eric Thomas
Apr 07, 06:26
What can happen if you invest in God and a little effort in man? Ask the men, they did it!!. Some may recall that I assisted a couple Re-entry men to be involved in the Super JTI training. As a result of a little effort on their part they have made it through the first two days and to the final cut tomorrow Anyway, today I got a call from some EPA folks inviting me to assist in evaluating the candidates at tomorrows final selection segment for the training. I was also able to help them understand that just because one might have a Felony that they are not bad people As a result of a little bit of effort those with a Felony will be included to participate and Lord willing will land a good paying job, reducing their chances of landing back in jail Lets pray for all those involved and a special thanks to the folks over at the EPA for understanding that these men are not throw aways and they deserve a chance to prove themselves Special thanks to the EPA fpr their commitment to the Superfund clean up in EC, I am honored to be a part of the effort Environmental Justice (EJ) is the fair treatment for people of all races, cultures and incomes regarding the development of environmental laws, regulations and policies.
Mar 28, 05:17
Shout out to West side reppin at the McDonalds Classic..... Garys own Dana Evans...... That's pretty darn cool......Congratulations!!
Its Gary's Time / Re-Entry Assistance
Non Profit 501 (c) 3 Public Charity
- UNLESS we are involved in unified, positive dialogue, followed by positive action and more importantly positive reinforcement in the mindset of those with substance abuse / mental illness challenges and in the process of Re-Entry we will be impacted by the negative consequences as a result of our complacency. The former we can choose, with complacency, we risk loosing that choice
- Our end in mind is to reduce the high cost of Recidivism incurred by incarceration, but more importantly on families and communities
FB......the release......YOU HEAR ME??? All caps there RELEASE I SAY...... hehe
I don't like the demeanor of the bald head guy on the right I don't know what it is
So I grabbed me a can of gluten off the shelf going to have Mia gluten sandwich on White Bread
Wat-Woah.....McGregor gets knocked out by sparring partner....... Yikes....
Senator Mike Crider, Senator Jim Merritt, Senator Eddie Melton where are you on this? Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA)
When I Surrender to outcomes absent of my agenda and without expectation I am much freer
I should allow conviction to win over my flesh because in the end I will bow down anyway, there is no need for me to carry it until then
One community, one life at a time, to provide tools to freedom instead of bars to incarceration
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