Homelessness, Social Services the United Way and HUD....
Being released from prison in Georgia is a funny nightmare. That's only if you have a residence to parole out to that is, which they won't try too hard to find for you. Since my Dad passed while I was in there- Rest In Peace Pop - I lost my housing option. Which forced me to write churches and ask if they could help provide a place for me to live once released. Thank GOD I got a couple replies. At release I got a bus ticket, Department of Corrections identification card, my S.S. card and $20.00. Yea, not exactly the essentials, which could at least be a Georgia identification card so I could get a job and cash a check from a job. And a Marta card would've been nice. But, I don't want to ask for too much.
So I'm out- fresh out. I end up at a shelter in Covington, GA. Best part, be it known to me, I didn't have to pay to be there for 90 days. I was in the ReEntry Program and the Georgia Department of Corrections paid for it. Great! Because my own family in Georgia wouldn't even visit me.
Finding work was a job in itself. But I did.
Next, I had to get back to the big city where more resources were. I ended up at Peachtree & Pine- the worst shelter in Atlanta, GA first- then the world. Traumatizing disgusting experience. I spent one night there on my first day back in Atlanta.
Next, Salvation Army here I come. The best shelter downtown in Atlanta. And surprisingly they had a ReEntry Program too. Suppa cool.
Now I could move around, as my family would say. The goals were Food Stamps, Drivers License, College Degree Copy and Transcript, Birth Certificate, Bank Account and a job. The last two are near not gonna happen, with the current system of things. Not with any ease surely.
Banks won't allow me a regular checking account. Little do they know, while I was in prison, I became a victim of Identity theft. Yea.
Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Is-ra-el, who only doeth wondrous things.
PSALM 72:18 King James Version
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