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To Take Advantage of the Prisoner Caste: Despicable

We find people who do what we do but apparently do it for profit. They will take in parolees and probationers, but they require the Reentry Citizen to surrender their WIC card, their benefits and to work for the site owner. This is not the appopriate way to help a person reenter society. It is a good way to force them to be dependent forever.

Our goal is to help the parolee reenter society, connect with family and friends, when possible and learn to make their own way in the world. We do not put them on some kind of farm and use them for cheap labor. One such labor camp has opened near one of our sites. We are watching the parolees work ten hour days, live in squalid conditions and lose hope. Please remember these men and women have been working in prison for practically nothing. This is part of their sentence. Our point is that this should not continue for life.

Please understand this; the prisoner has very little choice. He can qualify for parole but he cannot leave prison until he has a place to go, guaranteed for months. Chains of Grace offers transportation, save and affordable housing, food, medical care, Christian fellowship, job placement with Felon Friendly employers and a great chance of moving up the employment ladder, document retrieval and people who care. We meet all state requirements for housing. Our fellows and ladies work to enhance their own position in society.

We do not use our men and women for cheap labor. They do some household chores in the facilities we provide, but not more than taking out trash, picking up after themselves, running a vacuum or washing their own dishes. We do not run a maid service for them, but most of us (myself included) do not have a maid service.

When a lady or gentleman does some actual labor for our ministry, we pay them accordingly. There are some skilled workers who reside with us and who help us with their skills. We pay them for their work. We pay better than minimum wage each time and the wages belong to the worker.

One of our fellows has worked two jobs off site for some time, He has two children. The time he spent in prison did not relieve him of child support payments. They just accumulated over his years in jail. He has worked hard to catch up and his small program fees with us have made him able to use his money for his children. He is within three months of completely catching up with his child support payments, rung up while he spend six years in prison. Subsistence work on a farm somewhere would not enable him to catch up his payments. He could never return to society with this burden o

We intend to produce citizens, not slaves. We are not interested in taking advantage of these disadvantaged persons. When Jesus lauds those who visit the prisoner, He means to meet their needs, not to enjoy their imprisonment.

Help us make citizens, please.

 

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Vote

Do you vote? I belong to that generation (Boomers, Busters, whatever you want to call us) that shows up to vote. I vote in every election. I vote early because I do not like lines but if I have to wait in line to vote, I will wait in line to vote. President to dog… Continue Reading

Frustration

Frustration is what occurs when you think you will get a symphony sound blowing hard through a hollow reed. In my last post the one about Our Ministry I suggested people pray for us because, as I wrote, This is a hard work.” One or two have suggested what we do is not hard work.… Continue Reading

Our Ministry

At Chains of Grace Ministry, we provide re-entry supervision and services for men and women who are coming out of terms of incarceration. We are a Christ-centered, privately financed, non-profit charitable group. Our helps include affordable, safe housing, document retrieval, food, transportation, job placement, counseling, spiritual growth and worship services. We have a very, very… Continue Reading

Sunday Night Baptisms-Chains of Grace Ministries

Sunday Evening\ September 2, 2018 at 3958 J Rendon Road in Burleson, Texas we will baptize. First, we will eat food prepared by a Master Chef Dinner from 4 to 5:30 PM Then we will sing inside in air-conditioned comfort and we will preach ( I will) on Romans 13:1-7 because we (I) have been… Continue Reading

My Sad Stuff

Whatever can happen to anyone else can apparently happen to me. This is a revelation an apocalypse a mysterium I should have uncovered some time ago.   Like Aeschylus I discovered the unbidden tears. I think he meant the kind of tears that wrack you with sobbing at unexpected moments.   This morning a pastor… Continue Reading

A Tired Walker, a Hot Day, A Dirt Road

He was bent or so it looked to me. He was old or so it seemed to me. I passed him easily. I was young. He looked down at the dirt road. He did not look up at me even after I got by him. I know he did not look at me even after… Continue Reading