What is Transitional Housing?
For ex-offenders seeking a full reintegration into society, spending time at a halfway house is vital. A house that is professionally managed, with zero tolerance for alcohol and drug abuse, affords the opportunity for ex-inmates to commit to a new way of life. Offenders who alternate between prison and criminal behavior upon release find themselves vulnerable often because they have no choice but to return to their former communities and lifestyles. A halfway house is a way to break the cycle of crime and establish hope for a better future.”
A year ago, because of financial strain, I was forced to get work outside of pastoring. God opened the door for me to start working at a Correctional Facility, working as a guard to men on their last 45 days of incarceration. I loved the work! It wasn’t long before I realized God had caused the strain in my life to get me to this place. As an ex-offender, ex-drug user, I had compassion on the men incarcerated. I loved encouraging them and giving them hope for a better future.
I started to see a pattern with the men that were being released though, that the old behavior would return; and then some overdosed when they left the program. After listening to a lot of their stories, I realized many of them had nowhere to go once they were released or they were going back home where family members were also using drugs. I could only be a listening ear, but my heart ached for them. However, I believed God had me there for a reason and wanted me to be more than a listening ear. I wanted to be a solution to the problem. I have a vision so much more than what I’m able to do now, but I no longer want to give these people a plate of food and a scripture verse and send them back into the streets. If a young man wants to change and commit to our program and rules, I want to be that helping hand. The transitional house is the first step in offering that help."
-Pastor Reginald Harvey