2003-02-22 / Letters

Incarcerated

Dear Editor,

I really am lost for words – don’t know how to begin this letter. I know what I want to say, just don’t know how or what words to use in order to say and pass on my message – so here goes...

I am currently incarcerated, and find that I have thru incarceration learned a lot; learned about myself, learned about others, and how choices and factors of our lives may lead many of us who are functioning citizens with families, jobs, the picket fence, the whole nine yards – into a place like this. I know that, because of this life-enlightening experience, I qualify to assist others with advice, testimonies and spiritual guidance.

I’ve lived in the Rockaways for 15 years, which is why I would appreciate it very much if you were to keep my name confidential. I’ve read The Wave regularly, and know that in your paper there is room for a "Dear Ann" kind of article, an article that focuses on real people, real life choices that will determine what lies ahead. There are so many types of programs available to assist troubled teens with pregnancy, homes for those who are homeless, drug addiction programs, or alcoholic abuse, parenting, domestic violence, HIV and AIDS awareness – in all, assistance for all and any situation that anyone may need help with.

During my incarceration, I have taken any and all programs available in order to assist on a volunteer basis upon my release.

I have a gift and it is a gift to give what I have received and that is the guidance and knowledge to assist with troubleshooting situations. I will research any information needed to assist someone.

I have as I said taken programs to assist me in guiding anyone to make choices right for them.

I am currently in a program which I shall complete in April. I will be going home on a work release program. You’re probably thinking I have no prior experience, and maybe you’re right. But life experiences and acceptance of life choices and consequences speak for themselves. I have taken college classes in writing and psychology classes, but of course if you do consider my proposal and you need more credentials I will be more than happy to comply. Also note if you do consider my proposal as a paying job because of my conviction, you would be eligible for a tax break, as well as a break on your insurance, as well as having a hard working person do the best plus 100% more. But if you consider this proposal as a volunteer basis project, I of course would be honored and do my best. Any opportunity to help the community and use my life experience to its fullest will be more than an honor and pleasure.

Well I’m sure you’re tired of reading by now. I hope to hear from you soon, whether it’s yes or no. Just your comments if anything’s to this letter would be very much appreciated. If any further consideration taken and you need, I will send you my resume. I thank you very much for your time and consideration to this letter.

NAME WITHHELD


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