Category: Newsletters

REDEMPTION…NEW AND IMPROVED

Under the umbrella of Redemption there are many new programs. Each program falls under a specific category. The categories are :
Community Outreach
Education
Peer Support
Sustainability
Spirituality, Health/Wellness
Violence Reduction
Re-entry
Family support

It is my goal to participate in, and/or contribute to, all of the programs within these categories.

I’m currently participating in a program that falls under COMMUNITY OUTREACH. The program is called Freedom Tails. AKA : The dog program.

I’ve completed Roots to Success, which falls under the SUSTAINABILITY category.

One category I really want to get involved with is the VIOLENCE PREVENTION.

So last Friday I joined a Literacy Group called the Stone Catchers. This program is one of many that fall under VIOLENCE PREVENTION.

With the rise of our new Superintendent Margaret Gilbert, comes a plethora of new programs and categories.

Gilbert is extremely “hands on” when it comes to positive programming. She inner acts with the inmates and exudes an aura of genuine compassion. In short, she cares. Her attitude makes all the difference in the world, and will only inspire and encourage as time goes on.

Many of these programs are still being developed or are in their infant stages. As I learn more, I’ll continue to share. As these programs evolve I’ll continue to share. I’m excited about all the opportunities here at Stafford Creek.

A big “Thank you” to Margaret Gilbert for all the meaningful activities that she has brought to this facility. She will make a difference.

Steven Jennings

April 2016 Newsletter

 

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FAMILY FUN NIGHT:
April 15th
Activity: Spring Craft

EDUCATION:
Sign up now for: Hepatitis Education Class
May 19th, 9-11am

DOG PROGRAM:
Freedom Tails hosted a graduation for all their dogs in the visiting room on March 31st. Yahoo and I graduated! 🙂

Stafford Creek also has another dog program called: BRIGADOON SERVICE DOG PROGRAM. Brigadoon is a nonprofit agency that provides specifically trained dogs to people with disabilities. For more, contact the H5 CUS.

VISITING:
The Significant Woman’s Event is approaching quickly. This event is all about honoring the special woman in my life who has provided on-going support, sacrifice, and encouragement. I’ve invited my loving wife. The activities are designed to assist in fostering the growth & strengthening of our beautiful relationship. We are seeking funds to help us be together for this special event. To make a donation, click HERE. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

CALL TO ACTION:

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Please show your support by purchasing my ebook, Stone City: Life In The Penitentiary.

OTHER:
I just read a cool book written by a man I just met in here. It’s called, “Convict’s Creations Cookbook.” I asked Marco, one of the authors, to say a few words about the book. Click HERE to read his commentary and to read a sample from the book.

 

QUOTE OF THE MONTH:

“Keep your words sweet. You may have to eat them one day.”

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BLOGS & SOCIAL MEDIA:

Real Love Letters – Suzie & I have decided to share our journey from the very beginning. We will be posting our personal letters to show the world how we met and fell in love. A lot of people wonder how a good wholesome Mormon girl could fall in love and marry a man in prison serving a 43 year sentence. This blog will answer many questions as Suzie and I share our transparent back & forth dialogue.

Stone City Blog – A collection of blogs written by men in prison. If you have a loved one in prison, give them the gift of blogging. Our services are free. (For more information, please read: Submitting Blogs)

Suzie M. Jennings – What’s it like to be the wife of an inmate? Follow Suzie’s blog about love, life, & success. Everyone is on a journey…all are the same, yet all are different.

Steven D. Jennings – I am the nations leading blogger from behind bars! I share my journey towards rehabilitation & redemption. Please follow my blog as I share my experiences with you.

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks!

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Steven Jennings

February & March Newsletter 2016

 

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Hello everyone! How’s life in the free world? Enjoy it! Life is too short not to.

Here’s whats going on in here:

Two Year Wedding Anniversary:
Suzie and I celebrated our two year anniversary on February 27th. We tried the ol GoFundMe route in hopes we could raise enough for a weekend visit. Thank you for the donations… however, we came up short. But the good news is we used the funds for phone time. Phone time is huge for us. Thank you! I absolutely LOVE hearing my wife’s sweet voice.

Phone Time:
Starting March 17th, all phone calls will drop down to 11 cents per minute. And we’ll be charged by the minute. No more losing $3.20 because of a bogus “3-way calling alert” 4 minutes into a call! Now its minute for minute. Gotta love that. (I Will Blog For Phone Time)

JP5 Mini Tablet:
I recently received my new JP5. It’s an Android touchscreen with spell check and auto complete. No biggie to the free world, but huge for guys who’ve been locked up for 20 years or more. It also has a photo gallery for all my pics. Along with video games, calendar, calculator, and several more features I’ll never use. My main usage for it is music, photos, and blogging. And oh, emailing my baby!

I got a $20 credit on my media account for turning in my JP4 when I upgraded to the JP5. With that credit I bought some music. I love listening to music! I’m practicing my dance moves for when Suzie and I get our EFV’s. I’m gonna give that woman the time of her life…GUARANTEED! All my moves are specifically designed for her viewing and physical pleasure. And for those of you who want to know, you got it! An ebook will follow each and every EFV, co-authored by us both.

Black History Event:
On March 3rd there will be a special event held in the visiting room. This event will feature a guest speaker named Gilda Sheppard. Gilda Sheppard, Ph. D. is a member of the Evergreen State College in Tacoma. She is also an award winning filmmaker. After her speech…its time to eat. Menu: Salad, Fried Chicken, Rice & Beans, Collard Greens, Cake, and Juice.

Resource Fair:
This is a fair that’s sponsored by The Redemption Project. It’s for guys that are within 12 months of release and are seeking valuable resources that will hopefully aid in their success. The following organizations will have representatives at this Resource Fair:

Affordable Care Act
Alcoholics Anonymous
Bank of America
Children’s Advocacy Center of Grays Harbor
Community Corrections
DOC Housing Voucher
Department of Licensing
DSHS – Division of Child Support
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
DSHS – Financial
Grays Harbor Community College
Employment Security Department
Exodus Project
Express Employment Professionals
Family Service Unit – DOC HQ
Flagging Program
Narcotics Anonymous
Northwest Justice Project
Oxford House
Pioneer Human Services
Salvation Army
Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe
Social Security Admin
STOP Program (DV)
Veterans Administration
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Natives with disabilities
Westport Shipyard
Work Source Grays Harbor

I don’t know about you, but I find this to be pretty impressive. I wish I could attend. Its never too early to prepare for life after prison. I share this with you to show how much opportunity there is in prison. So now you can call BS when your inmate runs drag about how prison is just a warehouse and rehabilitation doesn’t exist. IT IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT TO BE!!!

Freedom Tails:
This is the Dog Program here at Stafford Creek. Since the program’s inception back in 2009, almost 300 undesirable dogs have been rescued from shelters, rehabilitated by inmates, and have found permanent “forever homes”. I am a part of this program and I absolute love it!

The program allows us to live with our assigned dog 24-7, for 10 weeks. We use that time to teach the dogs basic commands, social skills, and so much more. Not to mention all the things the dog teaches us. After the 10 weeks are up, these once “undesirable dogs” are now highly sought after. They’re intelligent, obedient, well mannered, and ready to bless a family with unconditional love and companionship.

For more info on the Dog Program:
HAVA
Orvis Magazine
Between The Lines
Freedom Tails
Brigadoon Service Dogs
SCCC Freedom Tail Program
Seattle Dog Spot

The Sustainability In Prison Project:
I attended a lecture on Salmon. Did you know there are 7 species of Pacific Salmon? Yep. And they lay 4000 eggs. 90 days later, 800 of them hatch. 200 make it to sea. 10 reach adulthood. And only 2 return to spawn. Moral of the story: Be nice to Salmon. Eat Sardines!

 

Monthly Quotes:

“If you think you can, you’re right. If you think you can’t, you’re right.”

“Forgive them not because they deserve it, but because you deserve it.”

 

A Call For Action:
Please check out my ebook, Stone City: Life In The Penitentiary, and help make it a success.

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Blogs & Social Media:

Real Love Letters – Suzie & I have decided to share our journey from the very beginning. We will be posting our personal letters to show the world how we met and fell in love. A lot of people wonder how a good wholesome Mormon girl could fall in love and marry a man in prison serving a 43 year sentence. This blog will answer many questions as Suzie and I share our transparent back & forth dialogue.

Stone City Blog – A collection of blogs written by men in prison. If you have a loved one in prison, give them the gift of blogging. Our services are free. (For more information, please read: Submitting Blogs)

Suzie M. Jennings – What’s it like to be the wife of an inmate? Follow Suzie’s blog about love, life, & success. Everyone is on a journey…all are the same, yet all are different.

Steven D. Jennings – I am the nations leading blogger from behind bars! I share my journey towards rehabilitation & redemption. Please follow my blog as I share my experiences with you.

Jonathan Gordon – I recently met this guy in here. He is a fellow inmate. He’s a cool dude. He’s driven and smart. He has been contributing to Stone City Blog, and he also has a blog of his own. Check it out at: http://www.jonathankeenangordon.name/jongordon/

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks!

Note:
Thank you to my awesome wife for giving me the gift of love. I love you and appreciate everything you do for me. You truly are an amazing woman.

Until next time, live in love and watch your blessings increase.

 

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Steven Jennings

Newsletter 2015

 

December

 

“If it is to be, it is up to me.”

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

I love this time of year. Sure, I wish I could be out there with my family & loved ones, but that just isn’t possible for me. So I choose to focus on all the good food and wonderful events that are in my world.

Here is what happened this month here at Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC):

 

Family Winter Event – Dec. 11, 12, & 13th from 11am -5pm. These visits are centered around holiday music, crafts, games, and food. Inmates are required to do two workshops to attend this event. The workshops offer informative statistics regarding children of incarcerated parents and also teaches ways that will reduce the child’s risk.

Family Fun Night – Dec. 18th 5-8pm. These visits are awesome! This one was centered around: Winter Crafts. My mom came to this event. Thanks mom, I love you!

Holiday Door Decorating Contest – I love this! This year my wife helped decorate my door! She sent several sketches, paper cut-outs and all sorts of fun things for me to put on the door. Her creativity is amazing! She and I have entered this contest over the last two years, too. (Christmas Door Decorating Contest 2013 & Christmas Door Decorating Contest 2014)

Christmas Joy Concert –  Presented by Tom Flaskerud Evangelistic Association on Dec. 6th at 8am.  The guest speaker was Donell Archer. For more you can visit JoyConcert.org.

The Redemption Project – Violence Prevention…changing the culture of prison.

Winter Blues Concert – Performed live on Dec. 8th from 12:30 -3:30 pm with guest speaker, Dr. Beth Zeigler.

Commissary – Our facility commissary offered special holiday treats. The special items are: holiday hard candy mix, Hershey’s white chocolate bars with peppermint, red velvet crème filled cupcakes, Lil Dutch Maid holiday shortbread cookies, holiday pound cake, Lil Dutch Maid mint crème cookies, Queso Cotija Mexican style grated cheese, peppermint mocha coffeemate, & bridge mix.

Since I have conjugal visits rapidly approaching in 2017, I cannot wreck my physique by indulging in the above items. However, I did order some of the bridge mix. 🙂

Mega Packs – These were sold as a fundraiser for $7.50, with $0.50 going towards a program involving at-risk kids. These mega packs consist of: cookies, candy, chips, cereal, crackers, etc.

 

OTHER NEWS:

  • SCCC has a new Superintendent. Her name is Margret Gilbert.
  • As of Dec. 1st, ALL inmates are required to either be standing or sitting up during the 3:45pm count. NO MORE SLEEPING!

 

Prison doesn’t have to be all bad. For those who want it, there is ample opportunity and resources for positive growth, education, rehabilitation, and healing. No matter where you are or what your circumstances are:

 

Life Is What You Make Of It!

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SOCIAL MEDIA:

Real Love Letters – Suzie & I have decided to share our journey from the very beginning. We will be posting our personal letters to show the world how we met and fell in love. A lot of people wonder how a good wholesome Mormon girl could fall in love and marry a man in prison serving a 43 year sentence. This blog will answer many questions as Suzie and I share our transparent back & forth dialogue.

Stone City Blog – A collection of blogs written by men in prison. If you have a loved one in prison, give them the gift of blogging. Our services are free. (For more information, please read: Submitting Blogs)

Suzie M. Jennings – What’s it like to be the wife of an inmate? Follow Suzie’s blog about love, life, & success. Everyone is on a journey…all are the same, yet all are different.

Steven D. Jennings – I am the nations leading blogger from behind bars! I share my journey towards rehabilitation & redemption. Please follow my blog as I share my experiences with you.

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Stone City: Life In The Penitentiary – Please show your support by buying my ebook.

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you for all the love & support!

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Steven Jennings

2015 Newsletter

 

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SCCC EVENTS:

The Inside Out Group hosted a fundraiser on Aug. 8th. Inmates got to order outside food, such as: chicken, pie, ice cream, and soda.

Seminar – An “Overcoming Life’s Addictions” seminar was held on Aug. 19th. This seminar was based on the book, “At The Altar of Sexual Idolatry” by Steve Gallagher. Inmates had to read the book in order to attend. Fifty books were available for this, on a first come first served basis.

Back To School Event – This event fostered positive relationships between children and their incarcerated fathers. Fathers were able to give their kids back to school supplies, and spend the day playing fun educational games with their kids. This special event was held on Aug. 22nd.

Violence Prevention Field Day – I attended this event last year and it was awesome! Last year was such a great success that SCCC did it again this year in September.

Diversity – The Cultural Diversity Committee is made up of a diverse group of inmates. They aim to bring awareness and educate individuals in fun and exciting ways, and to teach the intricacies of different ethnical cultures and backgrounds. The goal is to create a more united community by throwing out false stereotypes. On Aug 6th, the Diversity Committee hosted a European Heritage Event.

Redemption – A new 21 week Redemption Self-Awareness class began in August. This class is available to all inmates who want to live a positive lifestyle. I highly recommend this class. I just recently graduated and I found this class very beneficial.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) classes are on Sundays and Tuesdays.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) classes are on Mondays and Thursdays. I will be taking these classes to help me gain back some good time.

Anger & Stress Management – This is a six week discussion group on Mondays and Fridays. Areas of discussion include: identifying anger, dealing with stress, communication skills, conflict resolution, family & celly issues. After I complete my NA classes, I will enroll in Anger Management classes.

Family Fun Night – This event took place in the visiting room on Sept. 18th. The activity was BINGO! There were prizes to be won and cupcakes to be eaten. The love of my life, Suzie Marie, made a special trip up for this event. We had a wonderful time together!

Sustainability In Prison Project – On Sept. 17th there was a lecture conducted by scientists and community members who are active in conservation & sustainability. The lecture topic was: Earthships – Reusing society’s byproducts into houses and that take care of you and the planet.

Flagging Program – This program allows inmates to earn a certificate that will qualify them to become a roadside flagger in construction zones. It’s a one day class and costs $45. Inmates must be one year or less to their release date, and they must also be six months infraction free.

College Readiness Program – This allows inmates and counselors to build a college readiness referral. The Greys Harbor Community College helps with this program by providing the following: skills to help transition from prison to college, free applications for FAFSA student loans, career info, admissions assistance, transcript requests, credit transfers, money management, study and test taking skills, etc. To participate in this program, inmates must be 18 months or less till their release date and they must have their high school diploma or GED.

 

 

Life is what you make of it.

Even in prison there is an abundance of opportunities! 

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SOCIAL MEDIA:

 

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Real Love Letters – Suzie & I have decided to share our journey from the very beginning. We will be posting our personal letters to show the world how we met and fell in love. A lot of people wonder how a good wholesome Mormon girl could fall in love and marry a man in prison serving a 43 year sentence. This blog will answer many questions as Suzie and I share our transparent back & forth dialogue.

 

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Stone City Blog – A collection of blogs written by men in prison. If you have a loved one in prison, give them the gift of blogging. Our services are free. (For more information, please read: Submitting Blogs)

 

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Suzie M. Jennings – What’s it like to be the wife of an inmate? Follow Suzie’s blog about love, life, & success. Everyone is on a journey…all are the same, yet all are different.

 

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Steven D. Jennings – I am the nations leading blogger from behind bars! I share my journey towards rehabilitation & redemption. Please follow my blog as I share my experiences with you.

 

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Stone City: Life In The Penitentiary – Please show your support and buy my ebook.

 

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Help Unite Steven & Suzie – Please take a look at our GoFundMe campaign. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.    

Thank you for all the love & support! 

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Steven Jennings

March 2015 Newsletter

 

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Hello everyone! Here are just a few things that are going on this month at Stafford Creek Correction Center.

 

FUNDRAISER

The Inside/Out Group is conducting another fundraiser. Proceeds from this is yet to be determined. Orders must be submitted by April 5th. Delivery date is Sunday May 17th. Here are the items:

 

SAFEWAY CHINESE FOOD WITH FRIED RICE AND CHOW MEIN (limit 3)

$7.00 Chicken Teriyaki

$7.00 Orange Chicken

$7.00 Almond Chicken

$7.00 Sweet and Sour Pork

$7.00 Beef and Broccoli

$7.00 General Tso

 

CHEESE CAKE (limit 2)

$10.00 New York Style Cheese Cake

$9.00 Turtle Cheese Cake

 

4 PACK MUFFINS (limit 2)

$5.00 Blueberry

$5.00 Double Chocolate

 

SODA (limit 2)

$2.00 Pepsi

$2.00 Diet Pepsi

$2.00 Dr. Pepper

$2.00 Sunkist Orange

$2.00 Mountain Dew

 

EDUCATION

* I got accepted into the ROOTS OF SUCCESS class. We’re in our third week. I’m learning a lot and I’m really enjoying it.

* Redemption is in its 8th week. This month I will be facilitating my first class. This is a big step for me.

* Sustainability In Prisons Project will be conducting a lecture on Diatoms and Water Quality. I’ll be attending.

 

VISITING

Applications are now available for the SIGNIFICANT WOMANS EVENT. I applied.

This event is all about honoring the women in my life who have provided ongoing support, sacrifice, and encouragement. The activities are designed to assist in fostering the growth and strengthening of the relationship.

All in all, everything is going well for me here at The Creek 🙂

 

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Steven Jennings

February 2015 Newsletter

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INSIDE/OUT FUNDRAISER
The Inside/Out fundraiser group is asking for your ideas on some of the donation ideas. If you know of a cause that is in need of help or if you have any ideas, please contact Joe Williamson at: jjwilliamson@doc1.wa.gov

THE SUSTAINABILITY IN PRISON PROJECT
I’ll be attending a lecture on “Storm water contamination and how it relates to you”.

EDUCATION
I’ll be attending a class on “Research and Writing”. Taught by contract attorney: Cynthia Jordan

REDEMPTION
Redemption is in its 4th week. I’m loving it.

FITNESS
In addition to my cardio class, I’ve started lifting weights. I’m training for my 48 hour EFV’s. I have until April 2017, to build up my chest, arms, legs, and gluteusmaximus. 🙂

BLACK HISTORY MONTH
In honor of Black History month, SCCC is offering “Learning Journeys”. These learning journeys teach culture and the history of Black America. This is done through speeches, skits, poems, song and dance, all performed by inmates. I must attend one class in order to attend the main celebration.

The Main Celebration consist of outside speakers, songs performed with African Instruments, dance, and an extravagant “soul food” meal:

Fried chicken
Mac and cheese
Fresh greens
Salad
Corn bread
Fried sausage
Vanilla ice cream

Anyone wishing to help fund this event can send a Money Order (account #2986) to:
SCCC
Diversity Black History
191 Constantine Way
Aberdeen Wa 98520

SPRING PACKAGE PROGRAM
Every quarter DOC allows our friends and family to order one food package for us. The order must come from UNION SUPPLY Direct. Package. For more info: WAinmatepackage.com

UPDATES
Last month I wrote a letter to Mr. Grubb (see: Going Above And Beyond). I also wrote to CUS Cherry (the dog program). As of today, I have received no response from either. But I have faith that I will…all in due time.

 

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Steven Jennings

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I support all good causes and anything positive. I am inspired and motivated to make a difference. I am committed to positive change in my life. And I have a strong desire to help those I can.

Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC) has a large emphasis on programs that give back to the community while teaching inmates a variety of skills they can carry with them upon release.

If you have been following all my blogs, you’ll notice how much positivity there is in prison. Yes, I talk about the negative stuff too. But my point is: Life is full of everything. It’s what we choose to focus on that matters. That is what will define a person.

Below is a list of class’s and programs offered here at SCCC (pictures included).

 

REDEMPTION CLASS – Redemption is a 20 week self-awareness class designed for those who are committed to positive change. I have taken this class in the past, and I am currently participating in it right now. Love it!

ROOTS OF SUCCESS – I have submitted my application for this program.

H6 HONOR UNIT– This unit is a violence free, positive living environment. The men in this unit commit to living a violence free and crime free lifestyle. In order to live in this unit you must: be 3 years infraction free; get a referral from you counselor, and be involved in positive programs. If accepted, men must be willing to sign a commitment form promising to abide by the H6 Unit rules and expectations. I have already submitted an application for the H6 Honor Unit (see blog: Talk The Talk…Walk The Walk).

THE SUSTAINABILITY IN PRISON PROJECT – Learn green and live green. This awesome program brings science and nature into prisons. It helps reduce the environmental, economic, and human costs of prisons by inspiring sustainable and compassionate practices. The Sustainability In Prison Project also helps incarcerated individuals rebuild their lives through education and opportunities to contribute.

INSIDE OUT GROUP – The Inside Out Group is a diverse group of men here at SCCC who want to help the community. They do so by volunteering their time and energy. They conduct fundraisers within the prison. They donate thousands of dollars to a variety of organizations, projects, and programs that are dedicated to serving the community. Here are the projects within SCCC that the Inside Out Group sponsors:

Toy Time
Freedom Tail
Veterans Project
The SCCC Outreach Group
Stafford Creek Bike Program

I have submitted an application to become an active member of the Inside Out Group.

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Boy oh boy, I sure do want to get accepted into these programs! In the past, every time I seeked help, I was told, “No, you have too much time.” I finally took matters into my own hands. (see blog: Rehabilitation, It’s My Choice)

As I write this newsletter, I’m getting my info from a handbook. I completely agree with the mission statements and core values. I strive to live by a strict code of ethics. I am committed to positive change and positive living. My actions and relations with staff validate my words. Yet, I’m constantly being denied for a lot of the programs I apply for.

Yes, it gets very frustrating. Especially when I see “players of the system” get accepted. To a degree, I understand. My past is so hardcore that it’s hard for them to see me in a new light. So I will continue to do the right thing with a sincere heart. I will be patient.

I will continue to focus on the positive. I will seek my spiritual guidance through the teachings of the Bible. And I will participate in as many positive programs as I can.

 

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Steven Jennings