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Peer Support

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™.

Program Impact

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. 

Program Outcomes

Clients from all walks of life access our peer support program. 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: submissions@tgimonline.us.  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.

Vision

Reentry

Texas ReEntry Services serves people released from prison or jail here in Texas, and those in recovery from addiction, who are in need of a GED, treatment, housing and job skills training. We are committed to helping individuals with criminal histories with the opportunity to lead healthy, productive lives.

Our vision is to motivate and provide opportunities for offenders to prepare for successful reentry into society through community engagement and stakeholder partnerships aimed at increasing public safety and reducing recidivism while slowing prison growth.

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Hope Outside The Walls

About Hope Outside The Walls

Have you or someone you love, ever been incarcerated?  As a result of America’s decades long war on drugs, the US presently incarcerates over 330,000 prisoners on drug-related charges at an estimated annual cost of $40 billion. This doesn’t include the ongoing costs to society as those that have been touched by the cycle of probation, incarceration and parole work to reintegrate into society, find employment and stay on track with meeting the mandates of probation and parole.

Hope Outside the Walls is a collection of short stories, and memoirs by writers impacted by addiction who are working to reenter society. This project is made possible through our Community Partnership with TGIM Digital Publishing. Together, we offer 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. A portion of every book sold benefits Texas ReEntry Services.

BONUS! Includes a short story by Paul Kurko, author of the TGIM Best Seller: ‘Issues’! Order a copy of the book, or download the eBook to read it from your favorite device today!

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Hope Outside The Walls by Writing for the Soul Workshop™ retails in stores at $12.99, but you save when you partner with us to give this life-saving book away to students around the country.

 

We will add customized labels to the book cover in honor of you, your church, business or loved one if you like. When you click “buy now“, simply select the quantity you would like to give away during checkout. Ship them to:

ATTN: TGIM Digital Publishing  * 1617 Park Place Avenue * Suite 110-TGIM * Fort Worth, TX 76110