Bill Baroni is a member of our White Collar Support Group that meets online on Zoom on Monday evenings. We will celebrate our 250th weekly meeting on Monday, March 29, 2021, 7 pm ET, 4 pm PT; all Fellow Travelers are invited.
Going into prison is one of the most challenging and difficult things to do in life. I don’t recommend it to anyone. But equally difficult, is coming home. The challenge of returning to life “on the outside” is daunting. From finding a place to live, or a job, or getting a bank account, or finding a new community after years away – life after incarceration can be lonely and dark.
Day after day, people who have served time in prison are isolated, lonely, feel forgotten, or without hope. Maybe their families have forgotten them; or their friends abandoned them; or their old co-workers have long forgotten them. And while the physical fences, razor wire, and guards may be gone, the mental walls of prison can remain. And the punishment handed down by a judge can pale in comparison to a lifetime of seeming isolation.
Which is why Jeff Grant and his ministry are so important. For years, Jeff has made it his mission to make sure that no one feels the isolation that can come from being a former inmate. He has brought people together from across the country to talk, listen, and be a new community. He has given hope to people to know that they are not alone, not isolated, and not without hope.
The White Collar Support Group, week after week, provides a forum for fellow former inmates to build a new network of people that have walked the same journey from prison to the next chapter in life.
For me, Jeff and the Progressive Prison Ministry is a place to meet Fellow Travelers on this road. We are so blessed to have this place to meet, talk, and know that we are not alone. Congratulations on 250!
Former New Jersey State Senator
Former Co-head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Former Federal Prisoner 67325-050