true friend


I don’t have anything particularly noteworthy to share with you today. I have spent the last couple days trying to get a publicity project started, and although the people I spoke with were interested, it is far too early for me to start flapping my jaws about the project.

People often times do not appreciate the extraordinary amount of development time which must precede any discernible action. For the young people cooling their heels in incarceration, this is especially difficult to see. I received a letter last week from one of them, speaking of a sense (or fear?) of abandonment. Only time and experience will dispel this fear; once a kid has been “adopted” by the Redemption Project, we stick to them like super glue, as true friends do.

My recent troubles with my power system contributed to this fear. I have been forced to forgo contributions to the confiscatory fees of the prison phone services, and this particular inmate had been relying on this connection for reassurance of my support. But given the choice between contributing to his commissary account and the phone company, the commissary contribution won. I have sent him a letter explaining my predicament, and by now he understands it, even if he doesn’t like it.

Your continued support provides the constancy and stability upon which these young people depend. We are in great need of building up a kitty so there will be no further interruptions of direct services to these young people.

Will you please consider making a contribution at this time? Thank you!

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To make a contribution to the Redemption Project, please use the link at the top of this page or click here.


Groove of the Day

Listen to Catfish Keith performing “A True Friend is Hard To Find”


6 Responses to “true friend”

  1. 1 BobH
    August 6, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve sent $220.
    I also realize that I have sent a couple of books but no letters for a couple of months. Guilty!
    What will always help keep focus on needs for support (material and emotional) will be feedback. Dan wrote a few months ago about “stories”. I am fairly sure that interim reports about how the kids are doing will generate money and direct contact. I’m sorta running out of things to say in my letters.

    • August 6, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks for the contribution and your moral support!

    • 3 matt
      August 6, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      I’ll join in with Dan’s thanks for your support, Bob, and also for the books and letters your share with your correspondents. Maybe letter writing is an art, but it comes easily to me, and I rarely have a block for more than a few days. Sure, tailoring conversation to be relevant to some of the young men can be challenging, but I’ve found it takes only minimal research about them and maybe a couple of letters, and I’ve captured my basic opening topics, and then I work with whatever they provide in their letters (yes, some are one way correspondence, but that doesn’t make it any less meaningful to the young man receiving the letter, just more challenging to us). One young correspondent shares my love of music and musical instruments, and so we are always talking about song lyrics, best this or that, and about the specific instruments we play and why. Another is into advanced philosophy and psychology, my original college major and both topics dear to my heart. Still another has gotten into poetry since we began our correspondence. Whether I awakened some slumbering interest of his or simply showed him a new way to express himself, I don’t know, but he has really run with it. They don’t have a lot of good mentors where they are, and most will not let their guard down emotionally, so I make a few assumptions, and then talk about how I have handled similar hypothetical situations in my own life. And I never get tired of expressing my pride in their activities and achievements.

      I encourage you all to find one or many of these young men, or others, to correspond with and help along their path to adulthood. You can make a difference in the course of their lives!

      • 4 BobH
        August 7, 2014 at 12:22 am

        I’ll have to confess to be being a sad git, then. I’ve written ten times to one lad and sent loads of books and not heard anything back. Originally I thought that I would not be bothered by that, and I know that nothing is easy for the kids that the project supports, but I have simply run out of things to say. I guess I will have to call the facility or call Dan, or keep firing off letters in the dark.

  2. August 7, 2014 at 2:34 am

    I have to agree with Bob about the fact that interim reports about how the kids are doing will generate more attention about them and can lead to more support. It’s really difficult to write a letter or send interesting books to one of these young people, when one does not know its centers of interest or its needs. Knowing such things can be a help for those who have the desire to correspond with one of these young people.

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