Aug 15, 06:10
Just in case there's one or two of you that didn't quite understand my rants below let me paint er-a take a picture for you. In this picture you will see three men but what you won't see is the color of our blood or what beats inside of our chest. And a low and behold in all three instances they are the same...... imagine that. What you will see is the color of our skin in my opinion the only thing different. In this picture you'll see three men developing a relationship with the end of in mind of assuring that Everybody Eats....... Let us take the focus off of the differences that are evident only to the eye and consider the similarities that exist in ALL of us. Yep it's doable, we are living proof, are there any questions? Note: Two of the three here are NOT in Re-entry....
Aug 15, 06:08
Talk division and you will be, speak unity and this to can be. We spend little time in speaking of similarities, rather we are entrenched in differences and the past. I can not advance my tomorrow when I live in yesterday.... It seems apparent to me that we really do not want unity, because if we did we would have it
Aug 15, 06:07
If I feel and believe that one is superior to me it will be that way for me. When I look at myself as equal to anyone it will be that way to me also. Truth about self will drive both division and unity. Be comfortable in the similarities apparent to all, our heart. Consider not the differences only apparent to the eye, the color of our skin. Do not allow another's negative view of you to become your reality, this will cause rebellion
Aug 08, 05:45
Next stop..... CRS certification! OK warriors its officially on! Application and professional reference...check! Successful phone interview....check! Lord willing I'll be selected to attend the CRS (Certified Recovery Specialist) training on 8/28 - 9/1. What is a Community Health Worker (CHW)? The CHW is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence or service delivery. (American Public Health Association) What is a Community Health Worker/Certified Recovery Specialist (CHW/CRS)? The CHW/CRS is a person in recovery from a mental health or addiction related disorder. The CHW/CRS provides peer support services, serves as a consumer advocate, provides consumer information and peer support for consumers in emergency, outpatient, inpatient, or forensic settings.The CHW/CRS is a person in recovery from a mental health or addiction related disorder. The CHW/CRS provides peer support services, serves as a consumer advocate, provides consumer information and peer support for consumers in emergency, outpatient, inpatient, or forensic settings. Please lift me up will you family? I will know on Monday if I made the cut, stay tuned.........
Aug 06, 06:09
In the norm, a thought will generally precede a decision to act. Whether it be a thought leading to a positive outcome or one that can lead to a negative one, let me refer to this as critical thinking for now. Fundamentally we all know right from wrong, unless there is an emotional disorder that skewers our thinking process we know when are acting a certain way or are about to take a certain action. Even-so there is an opportunity for change in these individuals provided they are open to professional help, herein lies a challenge some will not be. For those incarcerated, not all but many there seems to be little or no critical thinking involved prior to making the decision to take an action leading to a negative outcome. In my opinion their actions are based on their own value system and derived from instinct and their view of survival however that might manifest itself in them. There is much hope for these individuals because one thing they do understand and respond favorably to is respect, another which might be foreign to many of these individuals is love. Neither love nor respect are they apt to first show so we must take the lead on this. So let me say first love the least of us, show respect for them first. If you remain consistent (consistency is missing in these individuals) you will gain their respect this is a must. Do these thing if you want to have any hope of helping them to become a critical thinker.
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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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
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