TGIM and Texas ReEntry Services, INC have partnered together to implement Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Peer Support as a realistic criminal justice strategy that safely reduces the State’s costly reliance on incarceration– creating stronger families, less taxpayer waste, and safer communities.
Sometimes it takes a trip to jail or even prison for a person to realize that their life has become unmanageable. By then, so much damage has been done. As a felon, it’s hard to get a job or even a place to live. Most commit more crimes to survive because their inability to read and comprehend along with their criminal record makes it impossible to get and hold down a job. The vicious cycle of doing life in prison on an installment plan (in and out of prison) begins.
About our Program
Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Peer Support offers these men and women another chance to make a positive and encouraging difference in the world through their storytelling while allowing participants an opportunity to build self-worth, and learn a new trade. After all, we all have a story to tell.
The program is facilitated by Kay Smith and Eric Jones. Kay is the Director of Texas ReEntry Services and Eric developed the program. Eric is a Peer Support Recovery Coach and creator of Writing for the Soul Workshop™.
Just like youth attending Writing for the Soul Workshop™, anyone participating in the program earn royalties when they share their stories for group publishing in our books and sell direct. Here is a story that was submitted by a participant on last week during our program:
As I start my day, I give thanks to God for the gift of another day. I can’t help but wonder how Mateo, (my son) has tossed and turned with dreams of his father not being there. When these thoughts fill my mind, I can’t help but feel angry for the pain I’ve brought to him during the first nine years of his life.
I have been on probation for 17 years, and during this time I married a wonderful woman. She’s truly a gift from God. We have two beautiful children Mateo nine, and Ella who is six. I have another chance to do things right. Yet I see the pain every day that I bring because of the past decisions I chose to make and how it weighs in on them.
On my son’s first day of school I should have been there, but I wasn’t. I would have violated a condition of my probation if I chose to go. He was a total trooper. Head held high, shoulders back and a smile from ear to ear, but deep down I know he wanted me to walk him in. Mom tells me that he asked why I couldn’t come. She tries to explain, “Sometimes Daddy can’t make every event because he has to go to work. But he’ll be there afterwards to play ball and ride bikes with you.”
My little buddy, and my sweet princess I am so sorry for causing so much confusion. So much uncertainty -all because of my weakness. I’m still learning to connect with other people, but you guys make it so much easier. Thank you for being so wonderful, so patient and so forgiving.
Love you always.
Our participants need to know that their past does not define their future. Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Peer Support offers them the same support and resources that our youth access. Along with the Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention, and the Job Readiness Training that Texas ReEntry offers, we also serve the disabled community of men and women on probation and parole. Here’s an interview with one of the clients who also participating in the program:
Share Your Story
Please do not submit manuscripts that contain any of the following: obscene or explicit material, unnecessary profanity, vulgarity, or inappropriate or graphic love scenes. Any material considered for publication that is found to be graphic will require a mandatory edit of the material and may result in a rejection of the material.
Please note that we do not publish graphic material. Therefore, you may be asked to remove graphic material or language.
Submitting your story is easy! Simply use the Contact Form below, or send your story to us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone who submits their story will receive a complimentary eBook of Hope Outside The Walls. Once your story is received and accepted for publishing, we’ll email you a Consent Form.